Bad days happen to all of us. From waking up late to sitting in traffic to a broken coffee machine – we all know sometimes life can be rough. We can’t get rid of those unpleasant moments; however, improving mental wellbeing can help regardless. There is no doubt our level of mental health and emotional wellbeing impacts each and every one of us. 53% of Americans reported personal health problems as a result of stress on their mental wellbeing, while only 26% knew how to effectively manage and reduce mental stress. Just as we purse physical health by taking care of our bodies, we can also purse positive mental health by taking care of our minds. Whether you are trying to get a handle on emotions, cope with specific health problems or simply want to feel more energetic, there are plenty of ways to take control of your mental health. In this FitBliss blog, you’ll find simple ways to help boost your mental health and mood throughout the day. If you approach these strategies with a positive, open-mind you can judge for yourself how you feel.
Ditch that junk food in the pantry, take a trip to the farmers market and stock up on your favorite fruits and veggies – it’s National Nutrition Month! What started out as a week long nutrition celebration in 1973 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; has now turned into an entire month to educate, inspire, celebrate and encourage everyone to lead healthier lives. So this entire month of March there is no better time than now to eat well to live well! Drastic changes to your lifestyle can be tough; however, what about those small changes that add up to make a big difference?
In my blog post two weeks ago, I discussed stress management techniques – one of those being deep breathing. Just to recap, when you feel stressed, your body releases stress hormones – cortisol and adrenaline – that sharpen your senses and cause your blood pressure and heart rate to increase rapidly. After the initial stress response, your body should return to its stable state; however, if you experience stress frequently and intensely, your body might remain in a state of chronic stress, not returning to it’s relaxation state, which can lead to the negative health effects.