With the world in it's current state, many of us have resorted to rather unhealthy lifestyle changes that are not doing our mind or body any good. Let's change that!
Exercise. Regular exercise can be as effective at treating anxiety and depression as medication. Not only does exercise boost serotonin, endorphins, and other feel-good brain chemicals, it triggers the growth of new brain cells and connections, just like many medications do. Best of all, you don’t have to train for a marathon in order to reap the benefits. Even a half-hour daily walk can make a big difference. For maximum results, aim for 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic activity on most days.
Social support. Strong social networks reduce isolation, which can be a gateway to many mental health symptoms. Keep in regular contact with friends and family, or consider joining a class or group online. Coordinate a Zoom party and have some fun!
Nutrition. Eating well is important for both your physical and mental health. Eating small, well-balanced meals throughout the day will help you keep your energy up and minimize mood swings. While you may be drawn to sugary foods for the quick boost they provide, complex carbohydrates are a better choice. They’ll get you going without the all-too-soon sugar crash. Also, try to stay away from the food apps. Cooking is a form of mindfulness that many people don't know about, so find a yummy recipe and spend some time in the kitchen for benefits of all kind.
Sleep. Sleep has a strong effect on mood. When you don’t get enough sleep, your mental health symptoms will be worse. Sleep deprivation exacerbates irritability, moodiness, sadness, and fatigue. Make sure you are making sleep a priority and setting yourself up for at least seven hours of rest. Very few people do well on less than seven hours a night.
Need a little push? We are here to cheerlead you on and have you feeling good again!