15 Different Activities to Improve Your Mental Health And Well-Being
Unfortunately, in these uncertain times and with forced isolation, I see more depression in people and even among my clients.
You probably heard me saying: “Exercise is your best medicine”. It is so true! It helps with:
- Pain and inflammation
- Weight management
- Self-esteem and self-image
- Stress, anxiety and depression
- Fatigue and energy level
- Blood sugar level
- Reducing heart disease risk and cancer
- Mood and happiness
- Focus and concentration
- Sex libido
- Gaining muscles mass and bone density
A study from Duke University showed that for people suffering from depression, exercising 3 times per week for 30 minutes is more helpful than taking an antidepressant pill. However, taking one of those pills does not substitute the need for exercise. Depressed people need exercise to improve their mood.
Seven years ago, when my life was falling apart, high intensity exercise was out of the question. Yoga and stretch yoga helped me keep my head above water. Since then, I understand that I need to listen to my body. Anytime I feel stressed or depressed, I do easy exercises. When I have more energy, I know I can return to high intensity workouts.
We need to keep exercising to stay mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy.
Start with a 5-minute walk and increase the duration every week. Try to go outside as most often as possible to improve your serotonin level with sunshine.
Here is a list of physical activities to include everyday. It goes from the easiest to the more strenuous. Please listen to your body and switch your activity whenever you need it.
- Meditation and breathing exercises
- Stretch Yoga/Yin Yoga/Chair Yoga
- Power Yoga or other types
- Weight training
I completely understand that for some people it is hard to find the motivation to be active. Find a friend or neighbor and share the motivation. Make a regular date and time for your shared activities. Keep in mind, I am here to assist and workout with you, contact me here.