It's no secret that mental exhaustion has become a pressing concern in recent years. From rising anxiety and depression rates to increasing burnout and feelings of being overwhelmed, it seems like our collective mental muscle is feeling a bit strained. But before we succumb to despair, let's remember this: just like any other muscle, our mental capacity can be strengthened and honed. Learn how to combat mental exhaustion by using these tips for a healthier mindset and lifestyle; no - dumbbells are required!
There's no single culprit behind the dip in mental well-being. It's a confluence of factors, some societal, some personal. From constant connectivity and stimulation to unending uncertainty and change, it is no wonder people are feeling more alone and uneasy than ever. By recognizing the reasons why our mental strengths wane, we can start to develop skills and habits that strengthen them.
At OWL Chiropractic we routinely talk with patients about how we can help them shift from a fight or flight mode (aka sympathetic state) to a rest and digest mode (aka a parasympathetic state). Read more about these systems here and here.
While therapy and psychiatric assistance are invaluable resources for many, building mental strength goes beyond clinical settings. Here are some holistic ways that anyone can use to fortify their inner resilience:
Move Your Body: Exercise isn't just for physical health; it's a potent mood booster. Find activities you enjoy, dancing, swimming, or brisk walks in nature.
Nourish Your Mind and Body: What you eat and drink impacts your mental well-being. Opt for whole, unprocessed foods and stay hydrated. Remember, you are what you eat!
Sleep Hygiene is Key: Prioritize quality sleep by creating a relaxing bedtime routine and avoiding screens before bed.
Connect with Nature: Immerse yourself in the beauty of the natural world. Go for a hike, sit by a babbling brook, or breathe in the fresh air. Nature has a grounding and therapeutic effect.
Practice Mindfulness: Meditation and mindfulness exercises can help you become more aware of your thoughts and feelings, allowing you to manage them more effectively.
Cultivate Gratitude: Take time each day to appreciate the good things in your life, big and small. Gratitude shifts your focus from what's lacking to what you have, boosting your overall well-being.
Build Strong Relationships: Social connection is vital for mental health. Nurture your relationships with loved ones, build a support system, and don't be afraid to reach out for help when needed.
Building mental strength is a journey, not a destination. There will be ups and downs, moments of doubt and setbacks. But by incorporating these holistic practices into your life, you'll be better equipped to handle life's curveballs and cultivate a sense of inner peace and resilience.
Want to learn more about building your mental strength? You are in luck! Join us this coming Saturday, January 20th, for our Wake Up to Wellness talk. I will be presenting on how to build this invisible superpower. We will go more into depth on the rise of mental health issues, how this is linked to the nervous system, and cover more detailed ways to holistically exercise that mental muscle. The event is free, open to the public, will last about an hour, and include light refreshments. Just make sure you register here so we can save you a seat!
We are running a challenge along with our talk! Check out our social media posts for more info!