Month: February 2022

February 28, 2022
perspective, stuck in a rut, mental health, movement, mental health and exercise

Have you been stuck in a rut lately?

Wondering if there is more to life than what you are seeing at home?

Here are some different thoughts from Wholeness providers about how to see life in a new way.

THE MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF SEEING OTHER PLACES AND CULTURES

Have you ever taken a trip somewhere and felt like you were gone much longer than you actually were?

Novelty helps create new neural pathways and livens our senses, often leading to memorable experiences you can vividly recall years later. Stepping out of our usual routine and experiencing new things—whether a week in an exotic locale, or an afternoon in a museum or park you’ve never visited before—is an excellent way to invite more joy, curiosity, and adventure into your life.

Even something as simple as taking a new route to work, or riding your bike instead of driving, can spark these positive emotions and challenge our brains in healthy ways.

Variety really is the spice of life!

Learn more about Stephen Thomas MSW, ACC and schedule time with him here.

HOW TO LOOK AT LIFE FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

A simple conversation about travel experiences can really help people gain perspective on different ways of life. I’d encourage people to really talk about their travels and take the leap and travel to other countries. Even crossing our own borders to Canada and Mexico can reveal some vast differences significant enough to give us perspective.

Getting out of our daily routines and experiencing other places and cultures gives us an opportunity to take a step back from our “norms” and puts life into perspective.

There really is a tremendous benefit to seeing how the rest of the world lives. It can be on both sides of the financial comfort spectrum too. Seeing how the super wealthy live can be exciting, but also be a huge turn off to people in the middle class. Seeing how less financially fortunate cultures live can be a real eye opener and really make you appreciate what you have.

Your mental health is based on your experience with your life, not comparing your life with what others have.

Learn more about Dr. Matthew Brennecke ND and schedule time with him here.

MOVEMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH – A NEW PERSPECTIVE IS ONLY ONE BENEFIT

When you think of movement, do you think of the gym?

There are so many ways to make movement an enjoyable part of your day. Not only can movement boost your overall physical and mental health, here are some other benefits to moving your body:

  • Movement helps facilitate blood flow throughout our body to important organs (like the brain!) 
  • Movement encourages the release of endorphins naturally within our body that facilitate a positive mood and reduce pain symptoms!
  • Getting moving outside provides a boost of vitamin d (important for mental wellness) and when we take in light exposure first thing in the morning and around dusk, it promotes a balanced sleep/wake cycle!
  • When we do activities in groups like yoga, Crossfit, or even go for a walk with a neighbor, it can facilitate a sense of connection and build community!
  • Heavy weightlifting has shown to help maintain bone density and balance hormones (especially for women)! 
  • Regular movement strengthens the immune system!
  • Learning new skills builds confidence and forms new pathways in our brain!
  • Movement can help discharge anxiety and irritability and integrate difficult emotions! 

Shift your mindset about movement. Here are some ideas for movement other than going to the gym:

  • Walking with dog, friends, family, or pet alligator
  • Google, YouTube, or Pinterest ‘bodyweight movements’ and try out some routines on your own
  • Find a dance class or set a timer and put on your favorite music and dance on your own
  • There are many different types of yoga that have a multitude of benefits. Try a variety of classes
  • Martial arts
  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Rock climbing
  • Basketball

Find fun and creative ways to incorporate movement into your daily routine so that you look forward to it rather than it being a chore.

Learn more about Shannon Darling PMHNP and schedule time with her here.

If you continue to struggle with connection or relationships in general, please contact the Wholeness Center. We have a variety of mental health tools to assist you. If you live in the Northern Colorado/ Ft. Collins area and would like to learn more about the innovative programs the Wholeness Center has to offer, please call 970-221-1106 or email info@wholeness.com.

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