Team Thrive torch barer Dan Hohs, ran the Chicago Marathon 10/9/2016. Dan is a triathlete who is living his life with bi-polar disorder. Being proactive means openly sharing stories about our experiences. It's important to team up with other organizations to raise awareness for mental health, work with them on pressing the conversation in our communities, and finding different avenues to spread hope. Sometimes, people with mental health issues are looked at as weak and it's important to break those stigmas. Stigmas are cultural and social factors that influence and try to dictate how we are permitted to express ourselves as individuals.
When it comes to finding ways to help manage our mental health, there are many different ways to do this. Many studies have been done talking about exercise and how it affects our brains. It is a powerful way to express ourselves. Exercise provides all kinds of positive changes in the brain that promote feelings of calm and well-being. It is known to release endorphins, which are hormones and have a number of physiological functions. They are our own bodies personal collection of opioids. Also exercise can be a way to take your mind off everything; it can allow you to take a break from everyday stresses.
Dan is not alone as we constantly meet people who like to share how physical activity is a core part of managing their mental health and we love to learn how your mental health intersects with physical activity from personal exercise to organized activities and sports. Drop us a line (Socialmedia@hftd.org) and keep an out for more on Team Thrive and Dan's activities!