Mental health and prevention go hand in hand. Have you ever woke up in a bad mood due to a poor night sleep? Feeling tired, moody, scattered and anxious?
It is proven that by incorporating exercise and calming the mind through a form of meditation, MBSR or breathing techniques will help liberate you from negative thought patterns.
I have been an avid runner for decades. Running for me is a ritual for my mental health. It helps “cool” me down mentally. I have joined a few running groups in the past, and they always say “leave it on the pavement.”
I have lived and experienced close family members that have struggled with mental health. I am not going to lie to you and say it is easy. It is going to hell and back. Watching someone who you love and care for suffering from depression and anxiety is like getting stabbed in the gut. Literally. I have to remind myself that I need to come from a place of compassion vs frustration. I always encourage them to embrace some form of exercise or join a support group for prayer or meditation.
Well, guess what? The one family member that religiously meditates and embraces exercise is mentally stable. The other family member that does not exercise is more resilient to having a relapse. Just say’n. This is serious folks. You need to feed yourself spiritually, physically and mentally. It is all connected. The key to prevention is looking at the body as a whole. Not just counting calories and embracing self-sabotaging habits.
Lastly, here is a great article from the Huffington Post on 2 Natural Fixes to Help with Depression. Put on your walking shoes and enjoy the outdoors!