Optimizing Mental Health by Adding More Exercise

Mental health can be improved in many ways to get the maximum positive impact on life. The impact of physical exercise has already been proved to elevate mood. The mind and the body can work together to create a balance that positively increases the mental state. By making exercise a part of a daily routine, it can increase the volume of certain brain regions which improves the oxygen delivery process overall. Specific neurohormones help growth of neurons and promotes stronger neuron signaling. Maintaining a regular workout routine can maintain mental health as a person’s age increases. Recent studies in animals have shown that exercise leads to the creation of new neurons in the hippocampal region. Neurons in the hippocampus region have the main function of separating new and old memories. Through the process of neurogenesis, these neurons allow a level of flexibility to help process new information that the brain obtains. Staying physically active not only keeps mental health at good levels but can also prevent physical health from deteriorating. By integrating mental and physical health, there is more scope to optimize and get the most benefits.

Monica Manuel
Treat Your Inner Critic as Your Friend

Having a perfectionist personality comes with its own share of problems. The main one being that inner critic that does not see the hard work but rather the imperfections. It points out minuscule opinions that can negatively impact mental health. Taking steps that will make the inner critic a friend rather than an annoyance can change the pattern of growth. The voice of the inner critic relies on insecurities to bring you down rather than build you up. In many ways our inner critic is also what ignites the fire to pursue ambitions so by making a path where the inner critic does not stand in the way of making progress, there is a greater scope of creating boundaries that can impact mental health in a positive way. One of the ways you can rewire your inner critic is to think of it as a playlist where there are many options to change the song or the artist. Giving the inner critic a set of characteristics that clearly define the boundaries between a critic that is unhelpful and does not promote self-growth and a critic that improves qualities that can let you grow in a positive manner. Self-criticism can also be managed by increasing a way for more self-compassion. Often times we neglect giving ourselves the same care that we give to others. This hurts our emotional self and can set us back in the pattern of growth that is necessary to be successful. The characteristic of self-compassion can give us the start we need to get up after a failure and make our way back on the path. Finding the balance between positive and negative self-criticism is a delicate one but once it is figured out, there is more scope for being the best version that allows for the most success.

Angela Jetty

Monica Manuel