Mental Health is Just as Important as Physical
This time of year, many are beginning to think about New Year’s resolutions. One popular resolution is to improve physical fitness to look better, feel better, prevent illness and maintain independence as we age. While that is a wonderful resolution, it’s wise not to neglect a significant part of your body, your brain.
Just as important to reaching those same fitness goals is improving mental fitness. Mental dexterity exercises incorporated into your daily routine can improve your health and sharpen your mind. These exercises can help people decompress, slow down and boost memory. The more you work out your body, the more you help your mind by increasing the flow of oxygen and increasing those “feel good” chemicals known as endorphins. Your mind needs more than this to stay fit.
Some ways to improve mental fitness is through meditation, visualization, reading, daydreaming, looking for humor in situations, using positive affirmations, trying new experiences, playing games that test reasoning or that use logic, and to stop multitasking. Adding these activities into your day can help develop a strong, active mind.
Physical and mental fitness go hand in hand. If your resolution is to improve your physical fitness, don’t forget to add in some exercises to also improve your mental fitness.