How many of you eat when you’re stressed, anxious, panicky, or depressed?
Now, how many of you exercise when you’re experiencing those same feelings?
I didn’t conduct any formal poll, but I’m willing to bet more of you raised your hands for the first question than the second.
(After all, according to the CDC as of 2010, the percent of Americans 20 years old and older who are overweight, including obese, is 69.2%.)
Basically, more than half of American adults are overweight or outright obese.
Exercise is about more than just getting into those skinny jeans.
Actually, even though our country’s obesity rate is mind blowing, EXERCISE IS ABOUT WAY MORE THAN JUST LOSING WEIGHT.
Getting physical works wonders for your mental health, and here are five reasons you might consider creating a workout regime for your mental health.
Yay, Captain Obvious!
Still, I couldn’t create this list without including the fact that exercise helps alleviate symptoms like those associated with depression and anxiety.
I’m sure you already know this, BUT if you want to read the science behind it, check out Exercise for Stress and Anxiety (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) and Exercise for the Treatment of Depression and Anxiety (National Institute of Health).
As some of you might know, a close family member of mine was diagnosed with malignant ascites recently.
I’m only mildly embarrassed to admit it, but my physical health has gone to crap since we found out.
(Mildly, because, honestly, my mind has been elsewhere and I don’t actually feel guilty for that.)
I haven’t hit the track, I haven’t practiced yoga (much less gone to a yoga class)–I haven’t even worked out at home. I’ve eaten any ol’ thing I could get my hands on (some of it just because there was no time or other options; some of it because I was stress eating) and to be frank, I can’t remember the last time I had a full glass of water.
The point is, I’m falling apart physically–during a time when it’s especially important to hold it together–and it’s causing me to fall apart mentally.
This post is part of a week-long yoga series at Your Body, Your Mind.
Exercise, mediation, massage therapy – these are all complementary (and, for some folks, solitary) ways to
Halogen TV, which describes itself as “the only television network focused on socially conscious entertainment,” recently presented a piece outlining yoga poses we can use to better manage our anxiety and depression symptoms.
Happy Tuesday, beautiful readers!
We’ve survived Thanksgiving, but with Christmas just a week away and New Year’s just a week after that, it’s safe to say we’re still in the thick of the holiday season.
Which means, for some of us, there are still a lot of stress and anxiety triggers coming our way.
As such, the good people over at the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) are hosting a Twitter chat on using complementary health practices like yoga, meditation, and tai chi to manage stress and anxiety – specifically, the safety and efficacy of these mind and body practices.
During the chat, you’ll get to meet John Glowa, Ph.D., the NCCAM expert who oversees the organization’s behavioral health research portfolio, and Daniel Pine, M.D. from the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Hope to see you there!
So, during a regular appointment earlier this week, my doctor confirmed what I’ve suspected for the past couple of months: My hormones are completely out of whack.
Ever dealt with a hormonal imbalance? It’s pretty stressful. Not only can it cause weight problems and wreak havoc on your skin , but a hormonal imbalance sometimes brings mental health symptoms like depression, anxiety, and disorientation.
If you missed the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Twitter chat last Friday, don’t worry: You don’t have to scroll through all the #nccamchat hashtags on Twitter to catch up!
The NCCAM has archived the chat so you can browse through the tweets at your leisure.
Autumn is awesome, isn’t it?
I mean, really?
Crisp air, brightly colored leaves, carving jack-o’-lanterns, getting lost in corn mazes, finally digging out those layers (the girls know what I mean), and…
Of course, we already know how good fall foods are, but do we know how they benefit us beyond our taste buds?
Here’s a list of 5 ways fall foods can improve your mood.
It’s a nice, lazy kind of afternoon for brunch, isn’t it?
(Well, it would be if you’re reading this at the time of publishing, ha!)
If you’re looking for a gluten-free food for breakfast or brunch – one that will fill you up as well as satisfy your sweet tooth – might I suggest Udi’s Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls?
That’s right! It’s time for another review in my ongoing gluten-lite journey!
Any fast food junkies out there?
Any fast food junkies dealing with depression?
According to scientists from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Granada, there’s a direct connection between fast food and commercial baked goods and the risk of developing depression.
Fast food consumers are 51% more likely to develop depression than people who never or rarely eat fast food!
The study also showed:
…those participants who ate the most fast food and commercial baked goods were more likely to be single, less active and have poor dietary habits (eating less fruit, nuts, fish, vegetables and olive oil). It was also common for individuals in this group to smoke and work over 45 hours per week.
So, if you’re consuming a lot of fast food and aren’t really sure how to break the cycle (or have tried and failed), these tips might help you: