Mental health effects all age groups and demographics, with almost half the population between 16-85 years of age predicted to experience a mental disorder at some point. Thankfully, these issues are beginning to gain traction and grow in awareness. Southport Sharks Health + Fitness understands that poor mental health can be a contributing factor to poor physical health, and aims to promote the importance of discussing and maintaining mental wellness. SSH+F would like to share some tips to help keep your mental health on track:
- Working out isn’t just physical, your brain needs training too
Engaging in activities that test the brain involve a combination of memory, decision-making and strategising, which keeps the mind active and prevents dementia. An extra tip: play in a group, boosting interaction can boost your mood too!
- Good nutrition is a natural defence against stress
Fuel your body with a nutritious breakfast (we recommend wholegrain cereals and fruits) and enjoy balanced meals throughout the day. Salmon, tuna and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and reduce the risk of dementia and mental decline.
- Keep yourself active!
Exercising not only keeps you physically strong but is a great form of stress relief and stress prevention. Go for a walk or unwind with yoga. Our personal trainers recommend doing moderate exercise regularly rather than the occasional, hard-core workout – three sessions a week is ideal.
- A laugh a day will keep the doctor away
Humour activates the brain’s reward and pleasure centres, generating positive emotions and relaxing the mind. Life is stressful, but don’t take it too seriously. Remember to take care of yourself and laugh yourself silly!
- Stress can be managed.
SSH+F recommends making a list of goals and checking them off once completed. Not only will you stay focused and organised, you get to reward yourself and feel a sense of accomplishment. Your body will thank you for it.
November is Wellness Month at SSH+F with plenty of activities to help you with your mental and physical health. Stay tuned for more details!
SSH+F is proud to donate to organisations like Headspace and LIVIN who assist those suffering from mental health issues. You can shop the LIVIN range at SSH+F today and do your bit to support those in need.