May is Mental Health Awareness Month
We train our bodies daily in the gym, on the court and outdoors. We make sure we look great and feel amazing on a daily basis. But what about our mind? Our minds need attention too. Mental health is often overlooked or not given much attention. Physical and mental health should be looked at together not separately. According to the Mental Health Foundation in the UK,
"Poor physical health can lead to an increased risk of developing mental health problems. Similarly, poor mental health can negatively impact on physical health, leading to an increased risk of some conditions."
We need to start thinking about them together, by making time for mental fitness. Set aside some time in your weekly workouts to focus on mental fitness. Some workouts that benefit mental fitness and physical fitness include
Yoga - this type of exercise not only helps with flexibility and stability, it relieves stress, increases relaxation.
Cycling - great cardio exercise and also a way to improve brain function and coordination
Dancing - another great cardio and total body workout that also improves mood and self-esteem
Rest - it's not often thought of as an exercise but it is. You body and mind need adequate rest to recover from workouts and to stay mentally sharp throughout the day.
Take some time this month and focus on your mental fitness. Incorporate some new exercises into your regular routine that will benefit your mental health. We have to begin to think about our mental health just as much as we do our physical health. #Let'sGetKAOtic and improve our mental health.
Foundation, M. H. (2019, April 30). Physical Health and Mental Health. Retrieved from Mental Health: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/p/physical-health-and-mental-health
Hunter, A. (2017, Octobet 5). 7 Exercises to Boost Your Mental Health. Retrieved from Get The Gloss: https://www.getthegloss.com/article/7-exercises-to-boost-your-mental-health