There is no doubt that our physical wellness directly affects our mental state. When you're physically unwell, you're often feeling mentally exhausted, anxious or unhappy. When you're physically active, it has been scientifically proven to increase your "happy hormones" and make you feel happier, prouder and lowers anxiety and depression. But where can we make small, tangible changes to increase our physical wellness?
The Optimal Living Summit team has put together five small physical changes you can make to live more optimal health.
5. DRINK WATER
Dehydration can affect your mood and concentration. Next time you're struggling with the 3 pm slump, skip the coffee and grab a glass of H2O.
4. GET OUTSIDE
Even for a few minutes, fresh air can improve your energy, decrease stress and blood pressure, and is excellent for your lungs. No matter the season, get outside and soak in the fresh air & sunshine (when it's out).
3. PUT THE DEVICES DOWN
It's proven that devices that emit blue light affect your circadian rhythm. If you can, put all your devices away one hour before bed. A good night's sleep can increase motivation and your mood. So go ahead, put the phone down!
Practicing your breathing can clear your mind and decrease stress, but did you know it's also good for heart health? Meditation and breathing practices can also reduce pain and increase energy. Even for just a few minutes a day! So bring on the calm!
1. GET MOVING
No matter what your ability, any physical movement has direct positive effects on your mood and mental wellness. Physical activity also stimulates the release of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin, also known as endorphins. These endorphins help relieve stress and anxiety and can even relieve pain. Move the body you were given!
Are you looking for more physical changes to make to change your mental wellness? Join Michael Challenger with Guests, Cameron Cogswell (Kinesiologist and Nutritionist) and Alice Granovsky (Strength and Movement Coach), on Thursday, May 27 at 7 pm in the OLS Zoom Room FREE online event "The Mind-Body Connection."
Mark your calendars and join us here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3173169854