Spring is here and with it brings a desire to get outside and participate in the sunshine! So take advantage of those spring fever activities and enjoy a better perspective on life. Don’t squash that inward cue to get out there and breathe it in. Listen to it and find something to do. If you need a little motivation here are some facts about how mental health is improved by some physical exertion. The good news is that you don’t have to be fanatical to see improvement. Some studies show a 10-minute walk is as good as a 45-minute workout!
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Exercise may improve mental health by helping the brain cope better with stress. Those who participate in vigorous exercise were 25 percent less likely to develop depression or an anxiety disorder over the next five years in one study.
4 Spring Fever Activities to Improve Your Mental Health
1) Dancing, jogging or walking a few times a week for 30 minutes. Put on some Motown or grab some headphones and take a walk around the block.
2) Join a class. Group classes can spur you into sticking with it. Wanting to see your classmates regularly can be encouragement enough to not to skip a class. Group classes like Zumba or Martial Arts are a great way to meet new friends.
3) Listen to an audiobook. Sometimes wanting to finish an exciting book or hilarious podcast is enough motivation to get your feet on the street.
4) Finally be patient with yourself. If you miss a class or evening walk, don’t beat yourself up. Sometimes giving yourself grace and inwardly saying, “next time”.
Advice from Steven D. Brand
“One of the reasons I encourage exercise for mental health is because it’s a very low risk and the side effects are very minimal compared to other strategies. Exercise works because it releases endorphins, which in turn make you feel better, improve concentration and makes your brain sharper on tasks. Technically, people who exercise are actually happier because they experience higher levels of optimism. Exercise also works because it causes cells to regenerate. Improved brain function has been noted in studies and also leads to increased creativity. It’s a win-win for physical and mental health. Finally exercise improves sleep quality. And better sleep means a happier you!”
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If you’re ready to get your mental health on track and are looking for counseling, give Steven D Brand a call today! Working with clients, Steve has amassed over 25,000 clinical hours. In person and phone counseling is available.
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You have a few hours left of 2015 to reflect upon the year you’ve had. If you are like most people, it has some good, some bad, some ups and some downs. Before 2016 has time to take off like a bullet, I suggest you take a minute to relax and think about how to make this upcoming year better.
‘Mindfulness’ was my word for 2015. For 2016, it’s ‘Affirmations’.
“You will always feel what you dwell on.”
In the book The 4:8 Principle by Tommy Newberry he discusses how your emotional life dictates your day to day.
“Whatever you dwell upon becomes increasingly prominent in your own mind.”
It’s called the Law of Attention, according to Newberry. For example, the more attention you give your health, it gets better. The more attention you focus on your spouse, the closer your relationship will become.
Executive Coaching practice, I have seen progress when using the tool of mentoring because the focus is placed squarely on the person. It’s the Law of Attention. Coaching is not a simple recipe; it’s a whole mind approach, yes there is homework. Having someone to walk beside you and lift you up is invaluable. Yes, you can do this. It’s affirmation.
“…be transformed by the renewing of your mind” Romans 12:2
The link between depression and ruminating on negative thoughts is documented. That is why using affirmations is a way to heal and excel.
Here are a few positive affirmations for every day, find your favorites and tape them to your bathroom mirror.
Today I will be happy.
I am fearfully and wonderfully made, I have a purpose.
I have the power within to affect today for my good and others.
I am divinely guided and will make right decisions for my life and business.
I am successful and will continue to attract success to me.
I am courageous, and I will make good choices.
Today I will visualize my future goals and imagine myself achieving them.
I hope this has helped you formulate your resolutions. If you are ready to grow your business and make 2016 the best year ever, let’s have a conversation.
Steven D. Brand
Roswell Therapist and Executive Coach
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Why Is Success So Difficult?
Nothing ever comes to one that is worth having, except as a result of hard work. Booker T Washington
Success can feel elusive when we try to pin it down.
There are times when your heart speaks to you and asks, “Why are we not there yet?”
You are intelligent and have these great ideas, but why does success stump you?
Success is first and foremost not an overnight story like our 15 minutes of fame (or is it shorter these days) culture would have you believe. It takes dedication and focus. Yet, why is it so hard for us to stay on track for our dreams?
I believe success is first a mindset. A singular focus, which in the day to day can easily be tossed for the in your face decision making that has to done. Think of how many times in one day that an email, a text, a deadline, throws your whole day off track.
Here is why it is hard.
Putting your dreams in the forefront of your mind when life’s daily pressures physically feel excessive and overwhelming can be nearly impossible.
Accountability is the solution
Who is the encouraging voice in your life, helping you map the destination?
Who calls you to the carpet to put your helmet back on and get back out there?
Who reminds you of the end game when the heat is on?
Executive success coaching is a way to achieve your dreams. I meet hundreds of people every year and I am astonished at how many fantastic visions are out there. But it is as if there is a piece missing to the puzzle of success.
What is this missing piece? You have the brains, you have chutzpah, and you have the dedication but why does the ship never make it into port?
Focus on the process. Focus on the steps. Focus on the affirmation that you are making progress. Falling into a puddle and giving up is too easy in our comfortable world. We pat each other on the back and give ourselves a pass, again and again. But that little dream is still in there. It’s like a constant negative low lying fog, that keeps swirling around your feet but you can never put your finger on.
I encourage you, if you are ready to take put on your cleats and get your “A Game” on, I am ready to stand by your side and bring light to your path.
You may not have as many obstacles to advancement as you imagine. I have helped many executives get a razor sharp focus so that they can not only successfully manage the present but make huge strides to their goals. And that is a feeling like no other, when you are fully transparent working in the moment and actually feeling hope because of tangible progress. You get an elevated consciousness because you finally have the internal confirmation of what you have always felt deep down; that you are special and you have amazing dreams to fulfill.
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” Colin Powell
Steven D Brand travels around the globe assisting executives using success coaching in a variety of settings including offices and mountaintops. Steven D Brand offices are located in Historic Roswell, Georgia.