What is mental exercise, and why is it important?
Mental exercise is being in a good mental state with your mind and body. It’s especially important for those with bipolar disorder, hell just for anyone!
Believe it or not, it’s not just staying mentally healthy but physically healthy for your mind!
About a month ago I told you all of my health scare. I have an 11 millimeter cyst on my right ovary.
My doctor told me to minimize its growth or from multiplying I should really consider losing weight.
My psychiatrist has also encouraged me to exercise regularly to minimize depression, and to stay mentally healthy.
So, you see the encouragement is all around me.
I took their voices to heart! So I’ve been on a work out kick for a few weeks now.
I’m not going crazy with it as I tend to easily fall into mania this time of year. So, I’ve devised a plan!
I’ve subtly changed my eating habits, axed sodas, minimized sugar, and drink lots of water. I’m really going for this!
I’ve set a realistic plan for food and weight loss goals, and keep a mood chart of my days to watch out for mania.
As I stated, I’m not going for broke, but easing my way into good habits. The last thing I want to do is to sabotage myself or push myself into mania!
I’m also taking Effexor (antidepressant) for depression. As most of you know they can put you into mania if not monitored carefully.
You see I’ve got a serious undertaking with balance! But, I’m staying positive and I’ve got a realistic plan.
My mornings start-off with coffee with my husband, and mentally preparing for my work out and how to lay out my day.
I then start my workout. I do some core exercises to tone, then get on my treadmill to walk (not run or jog) for 30 minutes to an hour.
This I consider “my time,” I zone out with my music, and it provides me an ability to clear my thoughts without interruption.
I’m pretty sweaty by the time I’m done, as in the summer its a bit warm in the mornings contributing to my sweating. But I feel good about myself when I’m finished, my mental health has improved, I’m not so depressed afterwards, and I just feel good!
Mind you, I don’t work out so hard to pull any muscles or get to that point of “feeling the burn!” It’s important to know any exercise that makes you hurt is the wrong exercise.
I do this at least 3-4 times a week. So far I’ve lost a few pounds and inches. I’m noticing a looser feel in my clothes!
Sometimes I just take a simple walk. It’s not always necessary to go to a gym to sweat it out but doing simple thing at home can really help! My plan does NOT include the gym! I do it all at home.
Now, before I started doing this I did get the go-ahead from my primary care physician to ensure I was capable of doing this. I laid out my plan with her and my goals, and she even gave me a few tips on how to achieve them.
I don’t suggest anyone starting a life changing plan like I’m doing before you see your regular doctor first to ensure your physical and mental health is in good condition first.
I’ll keep you abreast of my progress as time goes on. So far, I’m in week 4 of my weight loss plan, and I’m doing well!