Health Tips Part II

mental health and water intakeIn our last blog in our Health Tips blog series, we discussed exercising for your health. In conjunction with tracking your water intake (with the Hydr-8 water bottle of course), and eating right, exercise can bring you to new heights in your personal health. In addition, you’ll be happier and healthier if you take time to improve your mental health as well as your physical health. Here are a few things you can do to stay sharp, and keep your noodle healthy.

Reduce Your Stress

Everyone has stressors in their lives. It can be a lingering cold. It can be a deadline at work. It can be bills piling up in the mailbox. Regardless of the stressor, it’s a relief to rid yourself of stress. Stress can keep you up at night. It can cause your muscles to tense. It can overtake your mind. Reduce stress by tackling the tasks that surround you. Use a checklist if it helps you. Or spell out a plan if you have an especially difficult problem to overcome.

You can also reduce stress by working out. Even a quick workout can give you a boost in energy and an increase in endorphins. That can mean a more positive mood, and the will to overcome stressors in your life.

Stretch, breath deep, and get a massage. Muscle tension, which may be caused by mental stress, can further cause mental stress. It’s a bad cycle, and a break in the cycle can mean major relief. Reduce muscle tension through deep breathing, stretching, massages, and other outlets.

Exercise Your Mind

Do the crossword. Read a book. Even play video games if they’re engaging. You can keep your mind sharp with games that challenge your brain to learn and focus. Check out Lumosity, a brain-training app that’s specifically built to help you hone your cognition. Although the jury’s certainly out on the best methods to improve your mind, this article published in Psychology Today, suggests that there are some potential benefits to puzzle-solving. I’d like to think that practicing soccer will make you better at soccer; and at the end of the day, even if exercising your mind doesn’t mean major leaps in cognitive abilities, it certainly can’t hurt.

Meditate

Meditation can be an excellent mental health booster. It’s an effective way to ward off stress, and it can lend to better mental clarity and well-being. If you feel lost in your daily pursuits, meditation can aid you in finding fulfillment. If you suffer from anxiety or depression, meditation can be therapeutic. According to WebMD, meditation may even be effective for reducing high blood pressure, relieving pain, or mitigating hot flashes.

There are no fixed rules on the perfect way to meditate. In general, meditation is performed while seated, and deep breathing is a popular practice. Beyond that, meditation can be a tool to achieve concentration or mindfulness. It can be utilized to plan your life and solve problems. Assess what you’d like to achieve through meditation and how meditation best works for you.

Through reduced stress, mental exercise, and mediation, you may find that your mental health has never been better. Here’s to your health!