RAPID CITY, S.D. –
Manlove Psychiatric Group and The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center are teaming up to host a conference on the latest advances in mental healthcare. NewsCenter1 met with a doctor leading the event to discuss preventative care for brain health.
Dr. Stephen Manlove is a mental healthcare professional who has helped organize the conference for a second year. He advocates for preventative care with a healthy lifestyle and early detection before conditions develop into an actual illness.
“We don’t tend to – as a culture – think about what we’re doing now and how it affects us down the road,” said Manlove. “We can do much better and really keep people from getting sick and prevent the need for more dramatic or expensive interventions.”
Managing and improving brain health first requires a desire to be better and do better. Manlove suggests that exercising a minimum of five days a week, with daily exercise preferred.
“People need to make it a point to exercise 30 to 60 minutes a day,” said Manlove.
Good nutrition isn’t just for physical wellness. A healthy and balanced diet is also a huge factor when it comes to caring for your brain. Manlove’s recommendations include eating more wheat products and staying away from sugar.
Ultimately, it is essential to let your brain rest. Practices may include meditation or tuning out noise to stay clear of distraction.
“People need to develop a plan where they actually take some time each day and just be,” said Manlove. “It could be prayer or intentional forms of meditation; it could be sitting on the porch and just listening to the birds sing.”
The 2nd annual conference on New Paradigms in Mental Healthcare is March 23 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. at The Journey Museum and Learning Center.
Following the conference, the public can attend a free political forum to discuss mental health concerns in South Dakota.