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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For more spring fever activities and advice, call Steve Brand today (770) 641-8726.