January 23rd~Mental health tip of the week~

Exercise.

Beat the Winter Blah's

Your body releases stress-relieving and mood-boosting endorphins before and after you work out, which is why exercise is a powerful antidote to stress, anxiety, and depression.





Look for small ways to add activity to your day, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or going on a short walk.




To get the most benefit, aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise daily, and try to do it outdoors if the weather permits.


Exposure to sunlight helps your body produce vitamin D, which increases your level of serotonin in the brain, if you can’t get outside because of the weather think about adding in a supplement of vitamin D for the winter months, after discussing this with your medical provider, of course.


Plus, time in nature is a proven stress reducer. If you have to be inside and are not big on cardio style workouts think about doing yoga for 30 minutes a day too!



If you struggle with finding exercises or routines to follow, YouTube is an excellence free source to find workout and yoga videos if you can’t get outside. If you need help with motivation, please let me know and we can come up with some solutions and additional skills together 😊


Take Care of Yourself,

Jennifer

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