through counseling, housing and education.
Healthy mind, healthy bodyFebruary 15, 2009
"A sound mind in a sound body is a short but
full description of a happy state in this world."
Though it's tempting to hunker down underneath a quilt until spring, research shows that exercise plays an important role in good mental health. During this last month of winter, try indulging in some indoor physical activities such as aerobics, weightlifting, yoga and racquetball. Or, if it's a clear day, dress warmly and get outside for some fresh air and sunlight, even if it's just for a 15-minute walk. Exposure to sunlight has been proven to increase production levels of serotonin in the brain, improving overall mood. Among other health benefits, exercise can:
- Improve mental health by relieving depression, stress, and anxiety
- Improve cognitive brain processes such as planning, scheduling, and multi-tasking
- Improve quality of sleep
NewBridge offers customized programs on good nutrition, eating disorders and stress management for groups and organizations. If you find that winter "hibernation" has gotten the best of you, NewBridge can help. Call toll-free at 888-746-9333 or visit our newly designed website at www.newbridge.org.