It’s 10 p.m. and  you’re exhausted. You got up, went to work, picked up dry cleaning during lunch, and ran errands after work. You made sure your kids made it to practice, and everyone had a balanced meal for dinner. But its 10 p.m. and you’re still tired.

Your brain does a lot to keep you moving every day. What have you done lately to keep it healthy?

Mental health is an important aspect of overall wellness. Here are some easy ways to keep your mind in tip top shape.

 

Exercise

Regular exercise improves both physical and emotional health, alleviating strain on the brain. Studies show that exercise release endorphins which trigger positive feelings, and reduce the perception of pain. Working out has proven to: reduce stress, ward of feelings of anxiety and depression, boost self-esteem, and improve sleep.

Any level of exercise helps with mental health when done regularly. Some examples of moderate exercise include: biking, dancing, walking, and yoga.

 

Balanced Diet

Just like the body, your mind needs lots of nutrients to stay healthy and happy. A balanced diet including all the major food groups is important to mental health. One way to help your brain maintain these nutrients is by supplementing your diet with vitamins and supporting your digestive health. Improving your digestive health creates an environment for your brain to thrive.   

 

Take A Break

Like its battery-powered counterparts, the great super computer that is your brain needs to rest and recharge. 1,700 white collar American workers claim they spend more of their day receiving and sorting information than completing  tasks at their jobs. consequently, half of surveyed workers admit they hit data overload late in their day. So use your down time to unplug and relax to relieve cognitive congestion.

 

Volunteer

A  study from Harvard looked at the connection between volunteering and mental health. They found that volunteering balanced mental health and gave volunteers a sense of purpose to their lives. Volunteering increases social interaction (something our brains love), and fights of the anxious thought: “What am I doing with my life?”

Regardless of how you do it, working on your mental health is important. Improving mental health can help refocus your life in a positive way no matter your body’s age. Always talk to your doctor if you are feeling depressed or are having mood or mental health issues.

 

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