Most of us could probably agree that life can be extremely busy and hectic at times. From work, to holiday activities, to family obligations, to global disruptions, there always seems to be something at every corner and at every turn.
With all of the stimuli coming at us each and every day, it is common to start feeling the mental as well as the physical strain from enduring this busyness.
So what do we do? How do we navigate the toll that seasons or worldly events start to have on our mental and physical health? How do we make it through unscathed?
From a physical standpoint, the answers to these questions lie in how we maintain and protect our mental health.
Mental health is defined as “the condition of being sound mentally and emotionally that is characterized by the absence of mental illness…as reflected in feeling comfortable about oneself, positive feelings about others, and the ability to meet the demands of daily life.” Our mental health affects how we think, feel, act, make decisions, handle stress, and relate with others. Mental health is vital to our overall well-being, which makes it a crucial component in making up our physical health.
Since our physical health can be impacted by our mental health, the reverse is also the same! The physical choices that we make each and every day can have either a positive or negative impact on our mental well-being. By taking care of ourselves on a physical level, we can make major improvements on a mental level due to the release of particular hormones.
Here are 5 things you can do to improve your mental well-being:
- Be active for a least 30 minutes 3-5 days each week by going on a brisk walk, jog, bike ride, or hike
- Engage in full-body strength training at least 2 days per week
- Prioritize getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night
- Fill most of your plate at each meal with fruits and vegetables to give the body the nutrients needed
- Drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day to ensure nutrients are getting circulated and utilized throughout your body
So there we have it! We have the ability to impact our overall mental health just by taking care of our bodies. Just as 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God,”
Let’s focus on taking care of our temples (our bodies) in the physical sense as that will both improve overall mental health and bring glory to the Lord.
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Given how prevalent mental health has become in light of recent events and seasons, Medi-Share Members have unlimited access to virtual mental health counseling at no cost. Members can login to their Member Center and click on “Talk to a Counselor” to schedule an appointment.