Improving your lifestyle for mental health begins with awareness. By looking in the mirror and being honest, you have already made the first step. Often it can be difficult to manage daily tasks such as getting out of bed and going to work or cooking and eating well. The body and mind rely on these simple necessities to function properly. Additionally, living in a constant state of anxiety takes away the ability to relax in your free time. While lifestyle changes won’t solve all mental health conditions, it is a great place to start.
Taking a trip outdoors has a myriad of benefits for the brain. By getting the body moving you increase your ability to release dopamine and serotonin, which are the “happy” neurochemicals. Not only does the exercise help, but the vitamin D your body produces from sunlight has been shown to lessen inflammation, blood pressure and improve brain function.
Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community and by helping others you are actually helping yourself. Working for and with others gives you a sense of purpose and the opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills. The Mayo Clinic notes that “Research has shown that volunteering leads to lower rates of depression, especially for individuals 65 and older.” Making time to volunteer can reduce stress levels and may increase overall lifespan.
For depressed or anxiety-ridden people, a good night’s sleep can be difficult to find. Sleep is crucial for not only brain function but also necessary to maintain bodily functions. Researchers have found that your brain gets rid of cellular toxins and waste while resting. And so, without the proper amount of sleep, the mind is not in a state to fight against neurological disorders.
It is easy to get stuck in daily routines with there’s not much mental stimulation. Learning something new whether it be a skill, hobby or simply reading a new book. By doing this, the brain is stimulated and can build new neurological connections.
The knowledge and experience within our team are focused on diagnosing unique conditions while utilizing cutting-edge techniques for treatment. If you are looking for fresh options for a solution. The Neuroscience Center was been built to find successful recovery options. For a consultation call 847-236-9310 or visit our contact page and fill out a form to get into the clinic that’s ahead of the curve. There are options to regain a positive lifestyle and we would like to help.