Physical Fitness Program For Mental Health Treatment

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At Sylvia Brafman, overall health is important for mental health.

We encourage a holistic approach to recovery, using as many treatment options that can be made available to our patients. Treatments that will target not only the mind, soul but the physical body as well.

It is important to take control of one’s physical health. Many health officials suggest the plethora of benefits of physical fitness that come with incorporating a healthy physical fitness routine in your life. It really can boost the overall success of your mental health, and sobriety, along with your long-term medical health, in addition to.

Why is Physical Fitness Important in Mental Health?

Rewiring the brain is a big part of most mental health illnesses.

According to the Harvard Health letter, several studies have shown that as simple as thirty minutes of exercise, a few times a week can improve mental performance and help fight off depression.

Exercising not only has been shown to reduce depression but it also has been shown to affect other things as well. It has been shown to alleviate anxiety, lessen low self-esteem, decrease negative moods, and reduce social withdrawal. It also has positively increased cognitive functioning and boosted self-esteem.

Nutrition Is Another Crucial Component

For those who suffer from mental illness, it can be challenging as well to get the proper nutrition and hydration the body needs. Though with physical health, it involves more than just physical exercise, it also involves nutrition and hydration. That is also a key to overall wellness.

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Nutrition is vital during recovery because with many mental illnesses the symptoms make it difficult to follow proper nutrition habits. For example, with depression, a person can go through periods of hardly eating which would make them lack many vitamins and nutrients their body needs. It is possible their body would potentially go without proper hydration in addition to.

Some mental illnesses may cause one to binge and purge food which doesn’t give the body enough time to properly absorb nutrition. In addition, it also damages their internal organs and continues to give them nutritional deficiencies leading to malnourishment.

Even then, if we over-consume on a nutrient, we could overcompensate or over indulge, and leave out or have a deficiency in another nutrient our body is needing. For example in overindulgence, multiple studies have found a link between diets high in sugar that create imbalances in brain chemicals. The imbalances here could cause depression and also lead to a long-term risk of mental health issues in some people.

With nutrition, it is also not about what vitamins and nutrients your body eats, but it is also about being aware of other additives that are in your foods as well. These additives can also affect your mental health and your recovery. Aspartame, for instance, has been linked to behavioral and cognitive problems, irritable moods, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. There are just a few side effects this artificial sweetener has been linked to.

Other Strategies for Physical Wellness

Physical exercise and nutrition are crucial for wellness. Although other types of tactics of physical wellness are beneficial too! Here are some examples of other treatments:

  • Yoga — There are many different types and styles of yoga. Bikram Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Yin Yoga, and more.
  • Chiropractic Care — Some have said that their mental health correlates with chronic pain. Having a chiropractic adjustment has been beneficial for some in treating pain without substance use.
  • Acupuncture — Helpful for reducing stress which oftentimes can be triggering for their mental health. Patients undergoing acupuncture treatments have said it has reduced stress, which has helped some cope better with their illness.
  • Massage Therapy — Regular massage is a great way to keep calm and focused and is a great way to manage self-care while coping with mental illness.

Sylvia Brafman Physical Fitness Program For Mental Health

We are excited to share with you our physical fitness program, here at Sylvia Brafman. Not only will it help you learn to incorporate a healthier active lifestyle to help manage your mental health, but it will also help you incorporate a more positive way to manage your daily nutrition. Being that nutrition is also very fundamental in helping to fuel your body and brain in helping to combat any mental illnesses, and truly all illnesses you may face.

Our fitness center is available to all residents to help give support in their recovery. It is filled with machines and equipment for those to utilize. You can most definitely work on strengthening your body, while you take part in your recovery time with us here at our facility. Having access to our fitness center for the opportunity to exercise really propels one’s spirits and mood for the time they spend here at Syliva Brafman.

Contact us today to start working with our Physical Fitness program team.

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