Known for her no holds barred approach to tackling the universe, Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor who harbors love for Dave Matthews Band, advocates for animal rights, scribbles things for which she has yet to be paid, devours Tudor-era British history, longs to go to Hogwarts, has a serious love-hate relationship with running, and drinks coffee. A lot of it.
Alicia became interested in mental health advocacy in 2006, 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 and managing the blog for over a year and a half.
In 2008, she became a regular Psych Central blogger with Celebrity Psychings. In addition to Your Body, Your Mind, she also writes and manages Unleash Your Creativity for Psych Central, as well as works as a syndication editor and creates the weekly Psychology Around the Net.
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.