2 Easy Things

August 31, 2015

 

2 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH – RIGHT NOW

 

#1 – Start exercising. 

We all know that exercise is good for our physical health, and now research shows that it’s good for our mental health as well.  Exercise helps in big ways!

Exercise:

-reduces stress

-improves our mood by releasing endorphins

-improves our self-confidence

-prevents cognitive decline

-helps with anxiety

-improves our memory

-gives us more energy

-increases creativity

 

Source:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/27/mental-health-benefits-exercise_n_2956099.html

 

Start today:  Even if you can only walk around your house or apartment building, do this at least once a day.  If you can walk 5 minutes, do this.  Make this a part of your routine.  Routine is important.  Your mind and body will become accustomed to it and you will not have to fight with yourself to go for that walk.  You can avoid the internal conversation with yourself, if it’s something that you’re used to doing.  Once you have created a routine of physical activity, it will be much easier to increase your exercise and take a longer walk. 

 

#2 – Practice mindfulness

Jon Kabat-Zin defines it as, ““Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”

 

Why practice?  More like, why NOT practice?

 

Mindfulness:

-lowers stress

-let’s us analyze ourselves more objectively

-improves working memory

-builds resiliency

-improves emotion regulation

-increases body awareness

-helps with sleep

 

Source:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/08/mindfulness-meditation-benefits-health_n_3016045.html

 

Start today:  Whatever you’re doing, wherever you are, take a moment to close your eyes, inhale, and notice how you are feeling.  There, that’s it; that’s all it takes to practice mindfulness!  And just like with making exercise routine, it can help to make mindfulness a part of your routine. 

 

 

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