It is a well-known fact that living with mental illness, such as depression or bipolar disorder, is highly debilitating. Often, Houston adults who suffer from bad mental health may be reluctant to get treatment because it seems like they will never be free of their illness. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, this may be a difficult battle, but with the help of our medical professionals, our outpatient behavioral health programs for adults, and even some brain-stimulating activities, adults can recover and live a mentally healthier life. Here is the role certain activities play in mental health.
Activity May Remove Our Negative Mindset and Shift it to a Positive One
There are many stressors and triggers out there that may cause your mental wellbeing to take a turn for the worse. However, if you regularly engage in positive activity, this may help decrease the negative effects you experience. Below are various types of activities that treat mental illness and encourage good mental health.
Although exercise does improve self-image and confidence (both physically and mentally), we primarily recommend it as part of your treatment plan because regular exercise is known to activate and increases the endorphins, which then serves as a natural mood booster. It also increases blood flow to the brain, which strengthens the neurons.
Spending Time Outside
Nature and the outdoors encourages relaxation and reduces stress. According to Brad Bowins, M.D. at NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), smooth contours, vibrant colors, and quiet sounds seem to help the brain calm down.
Unfortunately, many adults think they have lost their creative ability or that they simply don’t have time for it anymore. However, you don’t have to be good at art or create a masterpiece that takes 3 months for it to be considered as art, or as beneficial to your mental health. The action of creation is what really counts here. Numerous studies have shown that painting and drawing help adults get through challenging phases of life. Studies also show that art can help people cope with their depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other behavioral health challenges because they can better resonate with their emotions and positively stimulate their brain.
Sacred Oak Medical Center in Houston Offers Outpatient Behavioral Health Programs That May Be Combined With Mentally Engaging Activities
Our Intensive Outpatient Program for behavioral health is a highly structured program that gives our patients a certain level of control and freedom in order to balance their regular day-to-day life with consistent efforts to address their mental health. If you are ready to take the next step in healing from mental illness, please get an assessment so we can develop a custom treatment plan that incorporates outpatient therapy with any of the aforementioned activities. We are dedicated to helping you live a happier, mentally healthier life.