In my experience mental illness episodes come and go and range in their seventy. They range from feeling slightly numb, anxious with a tiny sense of dread, to a debilitating, bedroom ridden lockdown where all I can see are the unpleasant memories that have accumulated over the years.
|Learn how to run|
Exercise – As far as I am concerned, when it comes to managing anxiety, depression and other mental disorders, noting tops a good run or workout. I often refer to running and lifting as mother nature’s medication. For me, exercise and mental health fundamental. For example, a good jog increases blood flow to the brain, optimizing its function and thus reducing mental illness symptoms. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. I can feel my mental health improve with each step and with every rep; give it a try.
Within these three staples that make up the bulk of my mental wellness plan, there are so many options for success. Diet you can flex a bit, In my case I go back and forth from veganism and vegetarianism; Exercise can totally be on your terms. Although it’s great to have a plan, you can fill it full of exercises you enjoy. They can be whatever you’re capable of. Keep in mind that exercise for men and women is a bit different.
|The importance of human connection|
I lift light and run 10 to 15mins max, four days a week; Social connection can be making yourself go out to dinner with a good friend, going to a play with a coworker or making memories with the family at home. Go for it, especially when your mental health condition flares, I’m betting you, most times, won’t regret it.
So, there you have it, these things get me through tough times. Why not give them a try to see which ones work best for you?
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