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We need to strengthen our mental well-being

Here are a few evidence-based strategies to help strengthen your mental well-being.

Exercise regularly. When we exercise, our bodies release endorphins that contribute to a positive feeling and affect our mental health. By incorporating exercise into our daily routine, we are helping both our body and our brain stay fit. I can perform many exercises at home using minimal equipment, such as Yoga, Pilates and even strength training using everyday household objects such as soup cans. Research has shown that physical activity improves mood, reduces stress and anxiety, and promotes overall well-being.

Get enough sleep. Adequate sleep is essential for maintaining mental and physical health.

Eat a healthy diet. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can support overall well-being.

Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness techniques such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing can help reduce stress and improve focus.

Connect with others. Research has linked social connections to better mental health.

Seek professional help. If you are experiencing persistent mental health issues, consider seeking help from a therapist or counsellor.

Take care of yourself. Engaging in Self-Care activities like taking a relaxing bath, reading a book, or going for a walk can improve your mood and help you feel better.

Reconnect with your artistic passions. Whether you like singing, music, painting, drawing, photography or other artistic activities, evidence has shown that they can help improve your overall health and well-being.

 Volunteer in your community. Studies suggest that volunteering can reduce depression by increasing psychological well-being, sense of accomplishment and belonging, quality of life and self-esteem.  In addition to making a real difference in the lives of others, it could have a direct positive impact on your physical and mental health!  

Try a mindfulness-based program online. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, or MBCT, combines cognitive behavioural therapy with mindfulness, a type of meditation that focuses on being in the present moment. It is possible to participate in mindfulness-based programs over the Internet, and research showed minor improvements in depression and an increase in well-being for those who took part.

The conversation about mental health and well-being is one we need to continue year-round

Originally Published on https://boomersnotsenior.blogspot.com/

I served as a teacher, a teacher on Call, a Department Head, a District Curriculum, Specialist, a Program Coordinator, and a Provincial Curriculum Coordinator over a forty year career. In addition, I was the Department Head for Curriculum and Instruction, as well as a professor both online and in person at the University of Phoenix (Canada) from 2000-2010.

I also worked with Special Needs students. I gave workshops on curriculum development and staff training before I fully retired

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