Known for her no holds barred approach to tackling the universe, Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor who recently made it out of her 20s alive, harbors love for Dave Matthews Band and Raylen Givens, advocates for animal rights, scribbles things for which she has yet to be paid, pretends to be a photographer, longs to go to Hogwarts, and drinks coffee. A lot of it.
Alicia became interested in mental health advocacy in early 2007, when she realized her neck of the woods was seriously lacking community mental health services. So, she teamed up with her state’s National Alliance on Mental Illness Community Outreach Coordinator, established a NAMI support group, and acted as the Affiliate Leader for over a year. She also took her mental health advocacy online, creating Mental Health Notes with b5media, Inc., and writing at the blog for over a year and a half. She has been a regular Psych Central blogger for years at Celebrity Psychings.
In the meantime, learn more about Alicia at WritingSpark.com.
Your Body, Your Mind is intended to explore the impact that physical health has on our brains and mental health. It will examine the intersection of our minds and mental health with exercise, walking, diet, types of foods we eat (like a gluten-free diet), and other physical activities, to figure out what things might improve our well-being, and what things are likely to have little impact.
“Over the years, I’ve used physical activity both with and without medication as a way to boost mental wellness and keep my own mental health balanced. I’ve discovered certain kinds of activity work best for a particular result (for me), while others work best for other results.”
This blog will explore how physical activity impacts our mental health and feelings of happiness, and help others draw the connections that work for them.