Thursday, September 03, 2009
Stress: we all experience it and most deal with it on a day-to-day basis. Many have come to terms that it is a part of everyday life and choose to just accept the feeling of being “stressed out” as a personality trait. However, what we may not realize is the toll that the stress takes on our mental health.
We recently came across a blog post that suggests that an over abundance of stress is associated with the inability to focus and the failure to develop positive memories. Stress also causes your brain to produce large amounts of cortisol, which clouds your judgment and causes you to feel sluggish. Fortunately, there are changes we can make in our lifestyle habits to reduce these effects and improve our mental health.
Although a full night’s sleep may seem like a fairy tale, the concept is not so far-fetched. Sleep is critical to a healthy mind. Try to get into a routine – go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday. Eventually, your body will adjust and you will find yourself feeling much better rested. Not only does exercise improve your physical health, but it makes a positive impact on your mental health as well. Physical exercise provides more oxygen to the brain, creating chemicals that protect the brain cells. It is important to not push yourself too hard. Discover your fitness level and stick with it, start out with 30 minutes everyday. You will experience an improved attitude and increased energy levels in no time.
As we age, our hormone levels naturally decline. Get your hormone levels tested! If you have a hormonal imbalance, your body is not set up to function optimally. Symptoms like foggy memory, hot flashes, low libido, depression and fatigue are all evidence of a possible hormonal imbalance. A combination of bioidentical hormone therapy and a customized fitness and nutrition plan that includes supplementation has helped thousands of men and women find relief from the symptoms of hormone imbalance.
Healthy lifestyle changes also include avoiding harmful activities such as consuming alcohol and smoking cigarettes. Both of these habits reduce the amount of oxygen that your brain receives, leaving your brain cells unprotected. Some lifestyle changes may seem difficult at first, but once you develop routines and become accustomed to them you will find yourself living a much happier, healthier life.