Typically, when people start focusing on their health and wellbeing, they’ll make physical changes via exercise and dieting. However, your health is more than a physical matter. Taking care of your mental health is critically important, and it’s time for all us to look at mental health in a different light.
At 4 Points Health and Wellness, we’re committed to helping our clients improve their physical and mental wellbeing. When it comes to mental health, we aim to pave a path for our clients that they can journey down to decrease their stress and boost their mood. Here are three things you can do to improve your mental health.
Get Enough Sleep
As you get older and more responsibilities are added to your plate, it can be hard to get enough sleep each night. Adults require 7-8 hours of sleep every night, and if you aren’t getting that you may end up feeling unhealthy or mentally unwell. Research indicates that a lack of sleep is strongly correlated to depression and anxiety. Furthermore, if you’re not getting enough sleep, you may be unable to formulate healthy eating patterns, which are critically important for your mental health. Getting the right amount of sleep each night has positive physical responses as well, for example, it helps maintain and strengthen your immune system.
Meditation has been around for thousands of years and has been used to help people get in touch with their thoughts. Meditation involves mental training and helps people learn valuable qualities like mindfulness and self-awareness. In meditation, you will be taught proper breathing techniques, and calming body poses. The goal of meditation is to clear your mind of distractions and stress that could perpetuate mental or physical fatigue.
We understand that high-intensity workouts are not for everyone, and that’s okay! Exercise in any form is great for your mental health. Not only does exercise release endorphins, which will boost your mood and relieve pain, but it will also improve your cardiovascular and heart health.
Remember, you don’t even need to be that intense in your workouts to notice results. Simply going for a ten-minute walk, or doing a few pushups and sit-ups at home, will help your mental health.
There are a variety of ways to meditate; one of the most popular forms of meditation is YIn Yoga. Check out our class list for more information on upcoming meditation sessions.
You need to focus on your mental health and take steps to improve it. Remember, it’s okay not to feel okay. At 4 Points Health and Wellness, we are here for you when you need help. For more information, contact 4 Points Health and Wellness today!