Mediating With Your Mental Health In Mind Series – Part 3
This series is designed to provide you with some tips and activities you can do to help manage your mental health while going through the family law process.
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Get Some Exercise
If you are able to, attempt to take a walk. There is some scientific evidence showing that physical activity can improve one’s experience of anxiety1.
Evidence has shown that: people “who exercised for just 20 minutes had a significant improvement in their mood after 2, 4, 8 and 12 hours when compared to those who did not exercise”.
As a Mayo Clinic publication stated: “ A lack of energy often results from inactivity…”2 Even if you are tired, try to get up and take a walk or engage in a form of exercise that you find enjoyable.
Emily and Amelia Nagoski point out that: “Physical activities is the single most efficient strategy for completing the stress response cycle.”3
Breathing techniques are used by a variety of first responders, including firefighters, police officers, and members of the military in order to manage distressing situations.4
Click here for a tip-sheet by Anxiety Canada on how to do diaphragmatic breathing exercises.
Alternatively, you can try out this this, 6 minute and 15 second, guided box breathing exercise tool.
- Jorm, A.F., Christensen, H., Griffiths, K.M. and Rodgers, B. (2002), Effectiveness of complementary and self‐help treatments for depression. Medical Journal of Australia, 176: S84-S84. doi:10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04508.x
- Rath, Tom, and James K. Harter. 2010. Wellbeing: the five essential elements. [New York]: [Gallup Press] referencing Mayo Clinic. (2008.) Moderate Exercise. Mayo Clinic Health Letter , 26(1), 1-3.
- Pg. 15, Nagoski, Emily, and Amelia Nagoski. 2020. Burnout: the secret to unlocking the stress cycle, New York : Ballantine Books
- Rosenberg, Julie. 2017. Beyond the mat: achieve focus, presence, and enlightened leadership through the principles and practice of yoga.