Exercising Your Mental Health
It’s Mental Health Week for the Canadian Mental Health Association!
We all know that staying physically active and eating well are important aspects of healthy living. However, exercising our mental health can be JUST as important! Managing stress can be a large component of staying healthy, especially considering stress has been determined to be a contributing factor to a majority of illnesses.
Check out these simple ways to practice mental fitness, courtesy of the Canadian Mental Health Association:
- Learn how to cope with negative thoughts: Don’t let that negative self-talk take over! Try to distract yourself or seek comfort elsewhere if you can’t solve a problem right away. Try seeing the issue from all sides rather than from just one point of view.
- Be in the present: Stop and smell those roses! Try to rid yourself of any distractions and focus your awareness on the “here-and-now”.
- “Collect” positive emotional moments: Think about some times when you’ve felt pleasure, comfort, tenderness, confidence or other positive emotions.
- Enjoy hobbies: Hobbies help bring balance to your life. They’re an opportunity to do something you love. I love listening to relaxing music or losing myself in a good book!
- Treat yourself well: Whether it’s a good meal, bubble bath, movie, or just sitting in the park enjoying nature, small daily rewards have a cumulative effect.
- Get exercise: Regular physical activity is good for the body and mind. It’s a great way to increase endorphins (“feel-good” chemicals released from the brain) and can even reduce depression and anxiety. Joining an exercise group or gym is even better because it connects you with others.
What are some other ways you like to practice mental fitness? Visit the Mental Health Week website to learn more about mental health, stigma, and how to build resiliency in the workplace.