Mental Fitness • JulieFox • Kaplan University • HW499: Professor Eaves
What is Mental Fitness? • Mental Fitness is in reference to a person’s capacity to be self determined. • “Our capacity to make positive changes in our daily routines, whether eating healthy, being physically active, or living tobacco-free is impacted by our Mental Fitness” (http://www.gnb.ca/0131/pdf/w/HERG%20Mental%20Fitness.EN.pdf)
Things you can do to improve Mental Fitness • Keep a journal - being able to express yourself can help you gain perspective and even can help you release tension. • Exercise- Exercising can help you improve you well being. You are around people which can help you be social which is good for you mind. Yoga is a great option for mental fitness exercise. • Find a hobby - Hobbies bring balance to you mind because it is often something you enjoy and it can help release pressures of your everyday life.
Benefits of Mental Fitness • Regular Mental Fitness can help you: • Reduce Depression • Reduce Stress • Live a happier and healthier life • Feel more confident in your daily life • Take a break from the daily mental worries
Herbs to Help Mental Fitness/Stress- Relief • Rhodiola Rosea • One of the most promising plants for treatment of depression. • Inhabits areas throughout Europe. Produces yellow blossoms that smell like roses. • “stimulates the effects of neurotransmitters such as epinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin on the central nervous system” (Etcheverry, 2013)
Affirmations • One excellent way of doing mental fitness on a daily basis is by doing • Affirmations involve self-talk. “Simply stating to yourself certain positive messages actually activates specific neural pathways that when strengthened tend to promote self-esteem and well-being” (Lazarus Institue, 2011).
Mental Fitness • Mental fitness is an important aspect of your health. It plays many roles when it comes to the health of your body and mind. • Mental Fitness can help reduce depression and stress • Some herbal medicines can reduce stress and help mental fitness as well.
References • Yoga Tropics (2013).Retrieved on October 12,2013 from http://yogatropics.com/site/2013/07/09/yoga-for-meditation/ • Lazarus Institute (2011). Three Keys to Optimum Mental Fitness. Psychology today. Retrieved on October 14, 2013 from http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/think-well/201105/three-keys-optimum-mental-fitness . • Canadian Mental Health Association (2013) Mental Fitness Tips. Retrieved on October 13, 2013 from http://www.cmha.ca/mental_health/mental-fitness-tips/#.UlyVPhZXAb4 . • Etcheverry, Paz (2013) Herbal Spotlight: Rhodiola Rosea for Stress-Relief. Retrieved on October 12, 2013 from http://healthandwellness.kaplan.edu/articles/cam/Herbal%20Spotlight%20-%20Rhodiola%20Rosea%20for%20Stress-Relief.html .