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How Mental Health is Intertwined With Physical Health

Looking after ourselves is something that we cannot ignore. For most people, there once was a time in which we could happily float through life, get on with our job and head home after a hard day's work to the family and have a relaxing evening. These days things seem to be a little more difficult with added stresses coming from all angles. The pressure of daily life has become difficult for everyone living it which has caused an onslaught of mental health issues. This means that a large percentage of the population is seeking ways to help themselves, including how their physical health is linked with their mental health.


Physical Exercise

To begin with, we should talk about the benefits of exercise on both our physical and mental health. It's widely known that to maintain a healthy weight and have a healthy lifestyle we should be partaking in at least 30 minutes of exercise per day, whether that be a brisk walk, short run, or 30 minutes in the gym. It has been shown that exercise amongst youth will help build and strengthen bone density and also the strength of muscles. When thinking long term, this can help reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

Energy levels

Exercise also has amazing effects on your energy levels when completed in moderation. So in reality, it's not only for those that are healthy. Studies have shown that those struggling with serious illness benefit greatly from regular exercise, making them feel energised more often. This is true even with people suffering from persistent fatigue.

No Limitations

There are no limitations in how you get your exercise, which opens the door to many people thinking they won't be able to workout. When we first start exercising, especially if it's through a journey of mental health, it's brilliant to have a partner and that doesn't necessarily mean it should be a person. Having an Emotional Support Animal with you can help you feel a true purpose. Not only are you exercising for the benefit of yourself but also for your animal companion. Struggling with mental illness alone is a difficult thing, especially through otherwise traumatic events. The professionals at https://therapetic.org state that if you require an ESA then it's easier than ever to prove your furry friend is needed as a therapy animal. They come with certain legal rights and enable you to do a few things without added stress. It's worth noting at this stage that they don't have the same rights as a guide or service animals.

Feel Good

When we look at mental health being entwined with physical health there are so many examples which we can take from. It's proven that when you exercise there are endorphins and hormones released that lift our spirit and mood and make us feel amazing. This will make you want to exercise more because feeling good is far better than feeling down, which, in turn, will improve your physical and mental health. Think of it as a cycle, whilst it's difficult to penetrate, once you're in it's something that will keep on giving.

Mental Exercise

We know that working on our physical health is going to help our mental health because of the hormones and endorphins that are released, but if we flip it around we can look at it from the other point of view. We need to be mentally ready to exercise or there is a high chance we will end up checking out before the day has begun. This is important to remember and is a habit that is incredibly difficult to break.

Break The Habit

As we have said, this is an incredibly tough thing to do if we are in a situation where our routine has been concreted in for 20 years. However, it's something that can be done. Once we start chipping away we will get somewhere eventually and that's what we need to do. Start by changing small things at a time, no one likes huge amounts of change on their doorstep so ease yourself in. Watch something different on television about exercise, maybe a documentary or do some research into an exercise you think might suit you. This can be exactly what's needed to kick yourself into gear.

Mentally Ready

Once you're there, it's going to be much easier to continue. If you're mentally ready to exercise then your body will be right there with you. It's incredible for your brain and your memory and you will see an improvement within weeks of beginning. Not only this but stress and depression will start to be lifted and these are the huge causes of physical illnesses.

When it comes to linking both physical and mental illness there is such a clear cut and obvious correlation that it's difficult to say otherwise. To help yourself mentally, it's brilliant to start doing physical exercise and to help yourself physically it's great to get in the perfect mindset. It's difficult to have one without the other.

How to Learn Much More From the Books You Read

It is one thing to read and another thing to understand what you are reading. Not only do you want to understand, but also remember what you've read. Otherwise, we can safely say that if we're not gaining anything from what we read, then it's a big waste of time.

Whatever you read, there are ways to do so in a more effective manner to help you understand better. Whether you are reading by choice, for an upcoming test, or work-related material, here are a few ways to help you improve your reading skills and retain that information.

Read with a Purpose

Never has there been a shortage of great books. So, someone recommended a great cookbook for you. You start going through it, but your mind is wandering. This doesn't mean the cookbook was an awful recommendation, but it does mean it doesn't suit nor fulfill your current needs or curiosity.

Maybe your purpose is more about launching a business. Maybe you're a busy mom and can't keep office hours, but there's something you can do from home to help bring in more money, so you want information about that. At that point, you won't benefit from a cookbook, but you could gain a lot of insight and find details here on how-to books about working from home. During this unprecedented year, millions have had to make the transition to work from home, and millions more are deciding to do that. Either way, it's not a transition that comes automatically or easily, but reading about it will inform you about what working from home entails.

Pre-Read

When you pre-read it primes your brain when it's time to go over the full text. We pre-read by going over the subheadings, for instance, the table of contents, and skimming through some pages. This is especially useful when you have formal types of academic books. Pre-reading is a sort of warm-up exercise for your brain. It prepares your brain for the rest of the information that will come about and allows your brain to be better able to pick the most essential pieces of information you need from your chosen text.

Highlight

Highlighting essential sentences or paragraphs is extremely helpful for retaining information. The problem, however, with highlighting is that we wind up highlighting way too much. This happens because we tend to highlight before we begin to understand. Before your pages become a neon of colored highlights, make sure that you only highlight what is essential to improve your understanding and not highlight the whole page.

Speed Read

You might think there have been no new ways to read, but even the ancient skill of reading comes up with innovative ways; enter speed reading. The standard slow process shouldn't affect your understanding, but it does kill your enthusiasm. The average adult goes through around 200 to 250 words per minute. A college student can read around 450 words, while a professor averages about 650 words per minute, to mention a few examples. The average speed reader can manage 1,500 words; quite a difference! Of course, the argument arises between quality and quantity. For avid readers, they want both quantity and quality, which leads us to the next point.

Quality Reading

Life is too short to expect to gain knowledge from just one type of genre. Some basic outcomes of reading are to expand your mind, perceive situations and events differently, expose yourself to other viewpoints, and more. If you only stick to one author and one type of material, you are missing out on a great opportunity to learn new things.

Having said that, if there's a book you are simply not enjoying, remember that life is also too short to continue reading it. Simply, close it, put it away and maybe give it another go later on, or give it away. There is no shame or guilt in not liking a book; even if it's from a favorite author. It's pretty much clear that you won't gain anything from a book that you don't even enjoy, let alone expect to learn something from it.

Summarize

If you're able to summarize what you have read, then you have understood. When you summarize, you are bringing up all the major points that enhance your understanding. You can easily do so chapter by chapter.

Take a good look at your life and what's going on in it. Accordingly, you'll choose the material that is much more suitable for your situation and circumstances. When you read a piece of information that you find beneficial, look for a way to apply it to your life. Knowledge for the sake of knowledge isn't all that beneficial. But the application of knowledge from a helpful book is what will help you and make your life more interesting and more meaningful.