First off, mental health is not an issue; it is a state. Some of those states are more compliant with what goes on around us, while some are less. But, the latter should not be looked down upon. Everyone has things going on in their life. How well they cope with them is a different story.
Don’t get lost in the web of possibilities, rather find your thing and focus your energy on making yourself a better person with each passing day. It could be either creating art, playing a sport, a musical instrument, even reading, writing, gardening, or cooking; be creative with possibilities.
If you’re a parent or have been around kids, you know that there are always a couple of those who never seem to run out of energy. Their energy levels also make them into people who constantly need attention. Make those kid’s lives focused with intentions from early on. Let them create dreams and play out their lives on top of their thoughts.
In essence, use the physical movement as the medicine. There’s actually a correlation between inactivity and the mental health of that individual.
In today’s world, stress and being overwhelmed are so common. If it’s not us suffering, we know of someone who is from mental health issues. We spend too much time stuck in our own head, instead of spending that same time on our body. Overthinking is not a solution. It moreover creates bigger issues.
So, how can we fix this? Well, we can move our body more. However, we should be aware that movement is perceived as stress to our brain. Then it produces a chemical called BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor). It is the substance that takes care of repairing and protecting the brain. But it also plays a key role in creating new neurons and connections within our brain. Alongside it all, endorphins are released. They are tightly connected after performing a physical activity. The combination of the two makes us happy and relieved after we have completed the activity. As they, in essence, helped us escape from the enemy we were running away from.
Over a long-term, the movement changes the physical structure of our brain. It decreases the biological reaction to stress. While it also boosts our self-esteem. So, the answer to stress is physical movement. It’s as simple as that. “It is exercise alone that supports the spirits and keeps them in vigor.” It isn’t a new revelation. It was stated by Cicero more than 2000 years ago.
Even just changing our posture helps us create new pathways in our brain. The rhythm of our breath is enough to change the chemicals in our brain and move us from stress towards feeling better. Changing the posture or as we said, better, by moving, we disrupt the pattern of stress buildup within us.
So, find something within the movement that makes you happy. Let that be dance, a walk in the park, or a marathon run. Put on your gorgeous pair of athletic leggings and enjoy how your body travels through space.