To Live Healthy, Think Happy
When you take steps to take care of your own happiness, you may find the stress more manageable. But what does that really mean?
What is Mental Health?
Being mentally healthy doesn’t mean never being sad, angry, anxious, or even depressed. Sadness and anger are feelings that everyone has occasionally. And although anxiety and depression are mental health issues, they’re very common ones—and easy to manage with the right attention and treatment.
Get Good Exercise and Good Sleep
You need good sleep to build energy. And you need to use up that energy to get good sleep. It’s what some might call a virtuous cycle. Adults who get two and a half hours of moderate to vigorous exercise per week (the current national guideline) tend to sleep better and have more energy during the day. If you’re not sure how to add more activity to your week, or where to find it—let us know.
If sleep is a problem—and exercise alone doesn’t help—you might want to consider a sleep study.
Find a Healthy Outlet
Putting your spare time toward constructive activities can be a great way to relieve stress and channel your feelings. Whether by learning something new, or getting out in the fresh air, finding a healthy way to channel those stressful thoughts and feelings can make all the difference.
The important thing is to find something that interests you, and then go for it. If you need guidance or advice, get in touch.
Get Centered, Naturally
You don’t need to wear a special robe, or burn a certain incense, to be more mindful and use meditation techniques to improve your life and health. You can do it while walking, while bathing, or while doing the dishes. You can definitely do it while sitting still and paying attention to your breathing.
There are a lot of approaches to explore, but one simple exercise in mindfulness involves eating one raisin. Not quickly, but very slowly and deliberately. Begin by holding the raisin, exploring it through senses of touch and smell. Taste, chew, and finally swallow the raisin. Finally, explore how you feel having completed this.
Don’t like raisins? Don’t worry. You can do the same thing with chocolate. Or, really, any food you’re able to slow down and enjoy.