Mental health has started to finally be taken as seriously as physical illness, and that is truly an amazing step forward, because little do some people know that mental health problems can make you feel physically unwell too. At the end of the day, if certain organs have problems, the effects are normally limited to that region (ie: bronchitis only affects the lungs and breathing). However, the brain being ill… that’s a whole new level. The brain literally controls everything else, and that’s how it can make you feel ill. This article will discuss how healthy habits and exercise can improve mental health.
Exercise gets you social
Exercising is rarely done in the living room or the kitchen. You either go outside for a jog, go to the gym, or maybe use your friend’s new garage conversion. So typically, every time you exercise you will be maneuvering around different people. This is important because half of the battle of problems like depression and anxiety is the lack of social interaction.
Exercise gives you routine
It’s safe to say that a fair percentage of people who are depressed or suffer with PTSD don’t have much in the way of a daily routine, which makes them slip further into whatever state they may be in. Having regular exercise at the same points in your day will kick-start the other things in your daily routine. For example, before or after your exercise you will then need a shower, then get changed, get some food, etc.… It just helps keep things more consistent.
Eating the correct foods at the correct time will give you energy
Many people who live with a mental illness often report fatigue to be one of the biggest physical symptoms that they suffer from on a regular basis. When you look to the diet of these people, and it’s filled with unhealthy foods, it’s no wonder why they are so exhausted. Eating fruits and grains in the morning will give you that full feeling and a buzz of energy until mid-day, or around lunchtime, where you can consume more carbs and protein to keep yourself going.
Eating the right nutrients boosts mood
Nutrients and minerals are one of the vital purposes of food. Proteins, vitamins, minerals and nutrients keep our body’s and minds very healthy. Metals like lithium, magnesium, zinc, and iron are also essential for many bodily functions, as well as helping to regulate our moods. We often see that a lot of anti-depressants contain a fair amount of metals such as lithium, theses metals are said to improve communications in the part of the brain that cause different moods and emotions.