Monday, September 22, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

5 ways to boost mental wellness

1 EXERCISE DAILY

The benefits of exercise are both internal and external. Make exercise a habit by making small lifestyle changes like walking outdoors and taking the stairs, or joining a formal or informal exercise group to keep you motivated. Get the feel-good endorphins kicking and say bye-bye to the blues.

2 KEEP IT REAL & HEALTHY

Make the choice to eat smarter and wiser. Believe it or not, food impacts our mood, too. Too many refined carbohydrates and processed sugars can put you on a psychological and physiological roller coaster, and then you crash and burn. Try to keep your diet as simple and natural as possible.

3 AVOID ALCOHOL

Aside from being another added sugar, alcohol is a natural downer. So, if you're feeling blue, skip the alcohol and the headache that may follow.

4 EASE UP ON THE CAFFEINE

If you're prone to feeling anxious, then you may want to keep your distance with caffeine. Additionally, consuming caffeine may raise blood pressure of hypertensive patients, may cause insomnia and may disrupt glucose metabolism in diabetics.

5 HAVE AN ANNUAL CHECKUP

Be sure to get to your doctors for annual exams and request screenings for diabetes, high blood pressure, colon/rectal exams and mammograms and dental, eye and mental-health checkups.

Kimberly Garrison Daily News Personal Fitness Columnist
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