The real reason schedules help is an indirect consequence: the ability they have to make us feel present.
Think about times where you feel a bit lost in what you are doing. Maybe things are tough at work; the load is piling up and you don’t even know where to start. You feel yourself getting hot under the collar, as everyone around you seems to be getting on so well and simply. You’re at a point where you can’t even think about what the problem is, just the overwhelming sense of having a problem.
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Over the last month I have recently started a journey into the sport of crossfit. After become bored of my traditional training methods and seeing YouTubers ‘The Lean Machines’ enjoying the sport, I wanted to give it a go.
A high intensity mixture of cardio, weightlifting and gymnastics, the idea with crossfit is that workouts are always varied and test your functional fitness and strength.
After my recent experience with crossfit I have noticed several reasons why it is a brilliant choice for your mental health exercise. Continue reading “How Crossfit Helps with Mental Health”
Most of these will probably be discussed in more detail in future posts, but for now here are my 20 tips to make happiness a more common emotional state in your life. Whether you are feeling particularly low, or are just generally curious as to how to improve your wellbeing, use this list to your advantage. Continue reading “20 Tips for a Happier Life”
I used to be addicted. It was great. The thing that got me out of bed in the morning; that made me feel invincible. I’ve slipped from my addiction and it’s left me feeling the opposite. The brilliant side effects of running that had become the norm to me have depleted since I stopped, leaving me feeling uncontent with my current situation.
The endorphins that exercise gives you are like a shot of dopamine straight to the brain. Running makes you feel proud of yourself and happy with the fact you’re positively affecting your life. As well as kickstarting these encouraging thoughts, in my own
unscientific logic, it also seems to tire and settle the part of the brain that anxiety and worrying stem from. Ultimately, our thoughts and emotions are choices and we decide what they are; we just battle ourselves to make them positive. Think of it as thought exercise makes our negative opponent weaker, and our true self stronger.
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I love music. The world loves music. When at it’s best it makes us feel any plethora of emotions. It can make us cry, make us laugh, remind us of an event or help us imagine a fantasy. Music cuts into our emotions like little else. So why do we love it so much? And why is it so important to humanity?
Much of our society has an issue with shutting out feelings. Men especially, tend to aim for a stiff upper lip and a laddish persona in the face of tragedy, sadness and disappointment. But, music is a way to dial in to the shut out emotional side. Due to the cultural standards of what is ‘expected’ of us, we are sometimes forced to just get on with life and neglect our issues that should not be neglected. Music allows us, in part, to have this difficult conversation. To sit and think, with a voice in the ear, about our lives, about a situation, about what is bothering us. We can be sensitive, feel our sadness and welcome it in, without the judgement of society beckoning us to be strong and resilient to every single situation we face.
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