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Cultivating Mental Fitness

Article by: Percy Bharucha

Exercise for the mind and why you need it.

Our society has always been obsessed with physical fitness. In the past, the reasons to exercise have been primarily to lose weight, to look attractive and to feel pretty. As we’ve educated ourselves the reasons to hit the gym have also evolved. We care about physical fitness now. Can we run a marathon? Can we take care of our bodies to prevent illnesses? Whatever the reasons might be we’ve always been conscious of our bodies and how we treat them and in all of this, we’ve neglected the mind. The brain is perhaps the least exercised muscle of the body.

In our technology-driven, attention scarce age, people are now realizing the importance of mental health. As physical fitness and health are directly connected so too are mental fitness and mental health. If you do not exercise your mind, take care of it, you can’t expect it to serve you well, or function at optimum capacity. Today we are going to explore the relationship between mental health and fitness and what it takes to keep the mind fit.

Mental fitness much like building physical stamina requires practice, effort, and daily exercise. A mentally fit mind can match the psychological and emotional demands of everyday life without getting fatigued or breaking down. It enables us to build, and lead a healthier and a more productive life.

Through new discoveries in neuroscience, we’re now able to know exactly how we can maintain mental health. The concept of neuroplasticity means that at any age we can train our brain to become stronger, healthier, and sharper. Mental fitness can be achieved through consistent mental stimuli, exercise and the re-shaping of certain negative behaviors.

While we’ve all heard, “a healthy mind in a healthy body” the converse is also true. While physical fitness boosts mental health, mental fitness also helps the body. Mental fitness increases ‘fluid intelligence’ which is the ability to reason and solve problems. It also helps reduce tension in the body and helps you relax better. For example, prolonged stress makes the body circulate Cortisol which harms thyroid function, disruption of sleep, and elevated blood pressure. A calm and tranquil mind allows the body to fall asleep faster, sleep deeper, and recharge quicker.

Apart from the physical benefits, a mentally fit mind helps us build mental resilience. This is the mind’s ability to cope when things get tough. Also, mental fitness isn’t defined just by the absence of mental illness. It is a state of mind that helps you to flourish. A state where you can grow and lead a happy life. Mental fitness helps us to get to that stage by using our abilities to the fullest. Mentally fit minds can concentrate, function, and be creative at a much higher level than a distracted, anxious, or a worried mind. It can mean the difference between existing and living and between surviving and thriving.

Attention is the energy of the mind that you can channel to build mental muscle. The way to exercise this energy is to build focus. You can do this by engaging in activities like reading, solving puzzles, playing games like Sudoku, solving crosswords, video games, and by avoiding multitasking. To open your mind by doing something new or diversifying your routine. Exposing it to new stimuli through new foods, a new hobby, travelling, finding new ways to do the same chores, exploring new roads, etc. Through new exposure, your brain remains active and agile. Doing things in new ways helps produce new neural pathways and helps retain brain cells. Another way of approaching mental fitness is to find ways to relax and calm your mind. Whether you employ mindfulness techniques, mediation or visualization approaches these are key to keep the mind from burning out.

An important tool in channeling attention and achieving mental fitness is mindfulness. Our brains are constantly receiving information from our environments. Mindfulness helps keep the brain focused without getting overwhelmed or lost in this sea of information. By using breathing exercises and keeping your attention in the moment mindfulness keeps the mind from wandering. A wandering mind is the primary cause of anxiety and unease. By focusing on the present mindfulness helps us avoid existential dread or unnecessary worrying about the future.

When athletes train, they try to get into, ‘the zone’ or a ‘flow state’ where there is heightened awareness and physical output is increased. But these zones are temporary. Through mindfulness and stress relief meditation exercises we can alter our brain to create altered traits- a permanent change in the way our minds work. Altered traits helps us focus better and enjoy the benefits of heightened awareness all the time. They keep us mentally fit and healthy all the time. But this requires consistent practice of mindfulness. As you go to the gym daily to maintain fitness, consistently practicing mindfulness keeps exercising the mind. Even if you miss a session you can always start again. These practices also function as the best form of a stress response. In the end, remember the mind is a muscle, it needs daily flexing to keep it from atrophying.

Also See- Flattening the Stress Curve

Cultivating Mental Fitness

Article by: Percy Bharucha

Exercise for the mind and why you need it.

Our society has always been obsessed with physical fitness. In the past, the reasons to exercise have been primarily to lose weight, to look attractive and to feel pretty. As we’ve educated ourselves the reasons to hit the gym have also evolved. We care about physical fitness now. Can we run a marathon? Can we take care of our bodies to prevent illnesses? Whatever the reasons might be we’ve always been conscious of our bodies and how we treat them and in all of this, we’ve neglected the mind. The brain is perhaps the least exercised muscle of the body.

In our technology-driven, attention scarce age, people are now realizing the importance of mental health. As physical fitness and health are directly connected so too are mental fitness and mental health. If you do not exercise your mind, take care of it, you can’t expect it to serve you well, or function at optimum capacity. Today we are going to explore the relationship between mental health and fitness and what it takes to keep the mind fit.

Mental fitness much like building physical stamina requires practice, effort, and daily exercise. A mentally fit mind can match the psychological and emotional demands of everyday life without getting fatigued or breaking down. It enables us to build, and lead a healthier and a more productive life.

Through new discoveries in neuroscience, we’re now able to know exactly how we can maintain mental health. The concept of neuroplasticity means that at any age we can train our brain to become stronger, healthier, and sharper. Mental fitness can be achieved through consistent mental stimuli, exercise and the re-shaping of certain negative behaviors.

While we’ve all heard, “a healthy mind in a healthy body” the converse is also true. While physical fitness boosts mental health, mental fitness also helps the body. Mental fitness increases ‘fluid intelligence’ which is the ability to reason and solve problems. It also helps reduce tension in the body and helps you relax better. For example, prolonged stress makes the body circulate Cortisol which harms thyroid function, disruption of sleep, and elevated blood pressure. A calm and tranquil mind allows the body to fall asleep faster, sleep deeper, and recharge quicker.

Apart from the physical benefits, a mentally fit mind helps us build mental resilience. This is the mind’s ability to cope when things get tough. Also, mental fitness isn’t defined just by the absence of mental illness. It is a state of mind that helps you to flourish. A state where you can grow and lead a happy life. Mental fitness helps us to get to that stage by using our abilities to the fullest. Mentally fit minds can concentrate, function, and be creative at a much higher level than a distracted, anxious, or a worried mind. It can mean the difference between existing and living and between surviving and thriving.

Attention is the energy of the mind that you can channel to build mental muscle. The way to exercise this energy is to build focus. You can do this by engaging in activities like reading, solving puzzles, playing games like Sudoku, solving crosswords, video games, and by avoiding multitasking. To open your mind by doing something new or diversifying your routine. Exposing it to new stimuli through new foods, a new hobby, travelling, finding new ways to do the same chores, exploring new roads, etc. Through new exposure, your brain remains active and agile. Doing things in new ways helps produce new neural pathways and helps retain brain cells. Another way of approaching mental fitness is to find ways to relax and calm your mind. Whether you employ mindfulness techniques, mediation or visualization approaches these are key to keep the mind from burning out.

An important tool in channeling attention and achieving mental fitness is mindfulness. Our brains are constantly receiving information from our environments. Mindfulness helps keep the brain focused without getting overwhelmed or lost in this sea of information. By using breathing exercises and keeping your attention in the moment mindfulness keeps the mind from wandering. A wandering mind is the primary cause of anxiety and unease. By focusing on the present mindfulness helps us avoid existential dread or unnecessary worrying about the future.

When athletes train, they try to get into, ‘the zone’ or a ‘flow state’ where there is heightened awareness and physical output is increased. But these zones are temporary. Through mindfulness and stress relief meditation exercises we can alter our brain to create altered traits- a permanent change in the way our minds work. Altered traits helps us focus better and enjoy the benefits of heightened awareness all the time. They keep us mentally fit and healthy all the time. But this requires consistent practice of mindfulness. As you go to the gym daily to maintain fitness, consistently practicing mindfulness keeps exercising the mind. Even if you miss a session you can always start again. These practices also function as the best form of a stress response. In the end, remember the mind is a muscle, it needs daily flexing to keep it from atrophying.

Also See- Flattening the Stress Curve

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