Exercise, eat right to bring joy to your life
BY Brian ,Rodgers, MD
Hurray! Spring is here.This is the time of year when everything blossoms and fills the earth with color. Students start to daydream of summer activities. We do our Spring cleaning and get rid of the dirt and garbage that accumulated all winter long. It is time to revitalize our lives during this season as nature is reborn. We start to play outdoors again. Camping and hiking are just around the corner. Our moods seem to improve this time of year, and as our moods improve, so does our physical activity.
Our physical health and our mental health are connected. It is interesting that one of the most common causes of abdominal pain in children is depression and anxiety, and that we are typically happy when we have good health. When we become stressed, depressed or anxious, our health can decline. Medical studies have shown this. All these symptoms also lead to lower life expectancy, thus hastening the fall and winter of life.
So what can we do to help us feel more like springtime in our mood, and not like autumn? First, if your depression or anxiety is overwhelming, go see a healthcare professional. Sometimes we are not able to change things on our own. We need assistance. If we were in a car accident and broke several bones, we would need an orthopedic surgeon to put us back together again. We also might need physical therapy to teach us how to walk and move properly again. In the same way, we may need physicians and counselors to help us get back on track with our depression and anxiety.
It is good news that we are entering the season of fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy outdoor foods. Exercise helps us physically deal with the anxiety and stress that are weighing us down. Body movement helps to improve depression.
A healthy diet full of vegetables, nuts and fruit can help us improve our moods. Eliminating unhealthy foods such as soda pop, junk food, sweets, fried food and high-starch foods will enable us to feel both physically and mentally better. Eating three healthy meals will also help. Our bodies become depressed if we do not supply them with the energy that is required to do day-to-day activities.
Another way to overcome stress and depression is to help others. Often when we forget about our problems for a while, it allows our mind and spirit to recover. This, in turn, helps us to overcome our depression and anxiety more quickly. However, make sure that you are not just taking care of everyone else and neglecting your own needs. I have seen people who have spent their whole lives serving others, but have forgotten to take care of themselves. This also can lead to a rapid decline of health. Take time out for you! Get away from your problems, at least a few minutes each day, and do something that you enjoy. This helps decrease your depression and anxiety. Following these suggestions can give you a brighter outlook and decrease your depression and anxiety. Your life can feel like spring again.