Saturday, May 26, 2018

Mental Health Benefits of Exercise II

Exercise isn’t about aerobics and muscle size. It can improve your physical health, improve your sex life and even add years to your life.

People who exercise regularly tend to do so because it gives them an enormous sense of well-being. They feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, have sharper memories, and feel more relaxed and positive about themselves and their lives. It’s also powerful medicine for many common mental health challenges.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Commitment And Exercise

You don’t need to be a “gym rat” to reap the mental health benefits of exercise. Start with 10-15 minutes a day and slowly increase your time with weights (or your aerobic routine). The more you exercise, the more energy you’ll have. The “key” to all of this is commitment. As your exercise regime becomes more consistent, you can slowly add minutes to different types of activities. If you keep at it, the benefits will pay off.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Out of the Closet

Whether you  know it or not. We ALL have a dark side. These secrets keep us sick. They keep us feeling ashamed and unworthy. If we don’t talk about them, we can’t be healed. This is something that I’ve learned in counseling. Although, I learned it many years ago, I have to put it into practice. I don’t want my secrets to destroy my body and bring me any illness.

The above was reinforced when I read Two’s Company  by Suzanne Sommers. She came to notoriety as “Chrissy Snow” in the popular sitcom Three’s Company. Her character put her on the “celebrity map.” Her situation might sound familiar – catapulted to stardom BUT keeping a secret. Her father was a raging alcoholic. It affected everyone in her family. When you’re touched by family alcoholism, it stays with you. You develop coping behaviors that you think help you cope. In fact, they hinder you, and push you into a closet.

In Sommer’s book, she realizes that her inability to talk about her secret, led her to breast cancer. She learned that her hiding (literally) in a closet, stayed in her system, and eventually came out as cancer. Why? Her secret was that she was the daughter of an alcoholic.

Throughout my life, I’ve seen how “secrets” destroy a person’s spirit. Some examples include, abortion, AIDS, mental illness and homosexuality. Each person held one of those secrets until their mortality (health) was challenged. Once their health was in jeopardy, they deduced it was due to the secret they carried. In turn (just like Sommers) they came out of the closet and revealed their secret. I was raised in a home where what happened there, stayed there. At first, keeping those secrets seemed “right.” That is, until I saw the long term effects of them. In a safe, counseling environment I was able to talk about them and heal. I don’t want to be like Suzanne Sommers. I want a life unencumbered by secrets.

I urge you to do the same!

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Focus: Family, secrets, spirit

Questions for you: 1) What secrets are you keeping? 2) What kind of a toll has it had on your body and spirit? 3) What steps can you take toward healing?

Monday, May 7, 2018

Mental Health Benefits Of Exercise

Regular exercise is good for the body. Exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health. Regular exercise can have a PROFOUNDLY positive effect on depression, anxiety, ADHD and more. In addition, it relieves stress, improve memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts overall mood. You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. Research indicates that modest amounts of exercise can make a difference. No matter your age or fitness level, you can learn to use exercise as a powerful tool to feel better.

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