Mental Health

Reading is Good for Body and Mind

man reading a bookMany of us are entertained daily by watching various things on television. Reading a good book doesn’t occur to a lot of people as something to enjoy. There are numerous benefits of reading. It reduces stress, aids in sleep readiness, and has been proven to lower one’s blood pressure and heart rate.

Other people in our lives may benefit from our taking the time for a good read as well. It is suggested that reading empowers one to empathize with other people. Reading has also been noted to assist with fighting depression symptoms. Give it a try and perhaps you will reap the benefits of doing so.

Have a Positive Attitude

Street sign Half Full, Half EmptyA person’s perception is their reality. The way we choose to view this pandemic doesn’t have to be a total asset or liability. Everyone has to view it via his or her own lens and determine what has or has not worked for them during this unprecedented situation.

No doubt, we all have experienced some negative and positive occurrences. Choosing to focus on the positive aspects can be of benefit for both our mental and physical health.

Good Sleep Habits

Dog sleeping under blanketGetting adequate sleep is a necessary component of being in good health. It has been suggested that the immune system is affected by it or lack thereof. To increase your chances of getting a good night’s sleep, attempt to do something that is relaxing to you before retiring for the night. Turning off all of one’s devices and removing them from the bedroom should help immensely. Studies have suggested that drinking chamomile tea or warm milk may assist with sleeping as well.

Avoid: eating close to bedtime, watching disturbing things on television, and exercising within hours of shutting things down for the night. SWEET DREAMS..zzzzzzzzz!

Managing Stress

street sign that says "stress success"Stress can be an enemy of our health. Some situations, such as this pandemic, are something that none of us have control over. We do, however, have some control over how we allow ourselves to respond to it. It would be wise for each of us to make it a priority each day to get adequate sleep, eat healthy foods, and verbalize our feelings to someone or write them down.

Last, but not least, focus on the blessings and the many positive things that exist in our lives. As we are mindful of these things, it is possible that many of those uncontrollable stressors may pale in comparison to what we do possess. Let us all make it a point to have a heart of gratitude daily.