Soaking up some sunlight can do wonders for your mind, bones, and more. Get at least 15 minutes of sunshine per day and you will see some tangible benefits quickly. Here are 5 Ways the Sun Impacts Your Mental and Physical Health.
Practicing forgiveness can have powerful health benefits. Observational studies, and even some randomized trials, suggest that forgiveness is associated with lower levels of depression, anxiety, and hostility; reduced substance abuse; higher self-esteem; and greater life satisfaction. Here are some ways to make forgiveness a part of your life.
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your mental health. Regular exercise may help ease depression and anxiety by releasing feel-good endorphins (natural brain chemicals that can enhance your sense of well-being) and taking your mind off worries so you can get away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression and anxiety. Adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 1/2 hours) a week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, according to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
Take a girls trip with friends. Hanging with girlfriends can help release oxytocin, a neurotransmitter known as the love or trust hormone, that can make you feel happy, trusting, generous, and friendly.
Practice body positivity. According to the Office on Women’s Health, a healthy body image means feeling good about looking and feeling comfortable in one’s body. Conversely, they report that having a negative body image can put one at a higher risk for mental health conditions, including eating disorders.