Relax in a warm bath once a week. Try adding Epsom salts to soothe aches and pains and help boost magnesium levels, which can be depleted by stress.
Has something been bothering you? Let it all out…on paper. Writing about upsetting experiences can reduce symptoms of depression. Spend some time with a furry friend.
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Time with animals lowers the stress hormone - cortisol, and boosts oxytocin - which stimulates feelings of happiness. And when you bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen. Practice mindfulness by staying "in the present. Be a tourist in your own town. Often times people only explore attractions on trips, but you may be surprised what cool things are in your own backyard. Try prepping your lunches or picking out your clothes for the work week.
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You'll save some time in the mornings and have a sense of control about the week ahead. Work some omega-3 fatty acids into your diet —they are linked to decreased rates of depression and schizophrenia among their many benefits. Fish oil supplements work, but eating your omega-3s in foods like wild salmon, flaxseeds or walnuts also helps build healthy gut bacteria. People who forgive have better mental health and report being more satisfied with their lives. Try to find the silver lining in something kind of cruddy that happened recently.
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Harry Potter. Popular Features. New Releases. Description This is no ordinary book on how to overcome an eating disorder.
The authors bravely share their unique stories of suffering from and eventually overcoming their own severe eating disorders. Interweaving personal narrative with the perspective of their own therapist-client relationship, their insights bring an unparalleled depth of awareness into just what it takes to successfully beat this challenging and seemingly intractable clinical issue.
For anyone who has suffered, their family and friends, and other helping professionals, this book should be by your side. With great compassion and clinical expertise, Costin and Grabb walk readers through the ins and outs of the recovery process, describing what therapy entails, clarifying the common associated emotions such as fear, guilt, and shame, and, most of all, providing motivation to seek help if you have been discouraged, resistant, or afraid.
The authors bring self-disclosure to a level not yet seen in an eating disorder book and offer hope to readers that full recovery is possible. Any side effects are ultimately positive, and even better, exercise is free of charge, easy to access and available for everyone.
Exercise can be used as a stand-alone treatment for some mild-to-moderate conditions or, more effectively, in conjunction with other mental health treatments. Like medicine in the treatment of mental illness, exercise can increase levels of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. It improves and normalizes neurotransmitter levels, which ultimately helps us feel mentally healthy. Other important benefits include enhanced mood and energy; reduced stress; deeper relaxation; improved mental clarity, learning, insight, memory and cognitive functioning; enhanced intuition, creativity, assertiveness and enthusiasm for life; and improved social health and relationships, higher self-esteem and increased spiritual connection.
The following overview of my 8 Keys to Mental Health Through Exercise can help you, your loved ones and those who provide medical and mental health care tackle underlying beliefs about exercise, change exercise-related thinking, overcome barriers and implement an effective exercise program.
If you struggle with a particular mental illness, exercise has specific abilities to help you, too. From calming the anxious mind to regulating mood swings in bipolar disorder, exercise may be the best thing we can do for mental, physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. To receive the benefits of exercise, however, we must first believe that exercise can heal body, mind and soul. Exercise improves self-esteem, which is associated with greater mental health.
Exercise has also been shown to increase self-confidence, self-efficacy, self-acceptance and self-concept. When we exercise, we feel more loving, positive and confident. Family has a big influence on how we perceive exercise and mental health. Family beliefs can either promote or impair mental health. Exercising as a family not only gets the entire family moving to reap the benefits of exercise but also models healthy beliefs about physical activity and improves family relationships.
Motivation, or rather lack of it, is probably the biggest block to exercise for mental health.
We know we should exercise. Remember that motivation is a skill that can be learned and improved upon. What thoughts do you have about exercise? What promotes physical activity? What holds you back?
8 Keys to Mental Health Through Exercise
As we identify these thoughts, we can choose to change them. While exercising can be physically challenging, exercise is just as much, or even more, about mental fortitude. What are your biggest roadblocks to exercise? Lack of time or energy? Not being able to get to the gym? Whatever the roadblocks, you can overcome them as you acknowledge and challenge them.
To stay with exercise for mental health, you must first build mental fortitude. Through FITT, you can create a tailored program for your unique needs. Finally, we need a long-term vision of health and wellness to keep exercising for mental health for the rest of our lives.
Exercise is beneficial at all ages and stages; as we look to the future, we find that by exercising for our mental health, we can help overcome mental illness and become who we are meant to be. We will flourish. Christina G.