How to Feel More Joy Now!

When we are feeling down, irritable, angry or down right miserable, we usually have good reason. Life can sometimes cause anguish.

You may experience events, such as unexpected circumstances, loss, relationships turning out badly, finding that circumstances are worse than you expected and being separated from loved ones that leave you in emotional turmoil. At times, it can feel like you barely pick yourself up from one emotional crisis when the next hits.

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How Exercise Impacts Your Mental Health

joggerMost people living in a modern world understand that regular exercise is beneficial to physical health.  And many people recognize that exercise makes them “feel better.”

In fact, incorporating exercise into a sedentary lifestyle can have significant physical and mental health benefits. Exercise is healthy, inexpensive and, according to Roger Walsh in the October 2011 issue of The American Psychologist, underused to treat psychiatric disorders.  In his review, Walsh found that exercise reduces the risk of multiple diseases, including cancer, and improves physical disorders such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Last week I discussed how unhealthy lifestyles can contribute to an array of physical problems and can play can an equally important role your mental health and maintaining a sense of well-being.

This week, I will review exercise specifically.  I summarize, below, some of Walsh’s findings in his review of the literature exploring how exercise impacts mental health. Continue reading “How Exercise Impacts Your Mental Health” »

How Your Lifestyle Impacts Your Mental Health

cyclistUnhealthy lifestyles contribute to multiple psychopathologies, according to an article in the October issue of The American Psychologist.

Cardiovascular disorders, obesity, diabetes and cancer are strongly determined by lifestyle.  Smoking, physical activity, alcohol intake and diet have a major impact on physical health and the development of disease.  Lifestyle factors such as lack of exercise and overeating are increasing to such an extent that the World Health Organization has warned that “globesity”—a global epidemic of overweight and obesity—is taking over the world.

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