health & wellness

  • Over 20% of adults in the US experienced mental illness (2019). 44% of these adults are LGBTQ.
  • Mental health issues have a domino effect that extends well beyond the direct effects:
    •  People with depression are 40% more likely to develop cardiovascular or metabolic disease
    • Mental health issues increase unemployment, substance abuse, and lower education rates.
    • Globally, serious mental illness causes around $1 trillion in lost productivity each year.
  • Globally, people with diabetes rose from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014.
  • Worldwide, obesity has nearly tripled since 1975
  • In the US alone, people with serious mental illness are booked into jail 2 million times.
* Many chronic conditions like obesity and diabetes can be prevented through diet and exercise.
** New treatments are being developed (with promising results) to help treat issues like PTSD and Depression.
 

In spite of all this, many of the worlds leaders are not taking this seriously enough. So investors and donors need to step up and lead the charge.

  • How you eat – there are strong correlations between diet and mental/physical wellbeing. No doubt you’ve heard the phrase “we are what we eat.” Check out these services that can help you get on the path to wellness:
  • How you think – so much of how we experience life depends on how we “see” things. So it’s important to help shape your thoughts in a way that can take you out of the patterns that do more harm than good. Think of it as “unlearning”:
  • How you move – exercise is one of the most important things you can do for boosting your mental and physical wellbeing. But working out can be a bore and downright hard to fit into your schedule. Check out these apps that let you do things at home so it’s quick and easy:
  • Your surroundings – it’s really important to be mindful of who and what you surround yourself with. So find positive people, spend more time in nature, watch shows that make you laugh, etc. 
  • Daily activities: These daily activities are a great way to stay centered and on the path to a life full of wellness:
    • meditation (ideally morning and afternoon)
    • stretching 
    • journaling 
    • gratitude list
    • friend & family connections: studies show that we are happier and live longer when we invest time in our personal relationships. Make sure you’re setting aside enough time for them.