Energy and Mental Health

Thursday, 12th May 2022 I Mental Health Awareness Week

Energy levels can have a profound effect on our mental health and overall wellbeing. In some cases, if we have no energy to do something that is ultimately beneficial to our energy stores in the long term (not getting enough nutrients, bad sleeping habits, taking on too much etc.), we can be trapped in a vicious cycle of depletion leading to burn out and persistent low mood. Resting properly, eating a varied diet and staying hydrated are the most important components in setting up a successful foundation for increased energy in mind body and soul. It goes without saying, if you are consistently finding yourself with low energy you may need to seek the advice of your GP. 

Energy Through Exercise 

You have heard of the saying ‘spend money to make money’ well the same kind of applies to expending energy to gain it back. Incorporating exercise, even quick and light movement each day, is proven to boost your overall energy levels. Exertion also increases the flow of oxygen around your body and encourages a spike in ‘happy hormones’ which can pep up your energy reserves. Figuring out what types of exercise you enjoy and fits for your body (we understand not everyone is suited to every type of workout) is a solid step in cultivating a consistent routine – if you enjoy it, you are more likely to do it and bring an excitement (energy) to the activity. Exercise endurance should be built up slowly though, as over-doing physical activities can cause exhaustion. 

Managing Mental Energy 

Slightly tricker to get a handle on, mental energy means lots of different things to different people. We all have a range of commitments and responsibilities which run alongside or feed into our internal ‘To Do’ lists but juggling too many things all at once can be an overwhelming drain on our mental energy. A reduced mental energy can be to the detriment of other areas in your life that are important in keeping you healthy, so it is just as crucial to address. You can rely on a spectrum of ways to manage your mental energy from taking ten minutes for meditation (if you are a beginner, get started with our easy guide), to channelling it through a sweaty HIIT class or simply getting niggling things off your chest by sharing the load with someone else over coffee. 

Balancing Spiritual Energy 

Although not relevant for all, some find energy from tapping into their spirituality wellbeing through types of yoga, meditation and chakra balancing. Throughout mental health awareness week at Hale Country Club & Spa we are running classes and workshops which encompass elements of aligning spiritual energy and accompanying resources such as Spotify playlists or chakra cards for you use away from the Club. Even if it is not your cup of tea, getting into deep stretches, focusing on breathing and having quiet moments of reflection could all contribute to soothing the mind and leave you walking away with a bounce in your step. 

If you or a loved one feels like they are severely struggling with mental health, please seek immediate medical help or the professional advice and resources of a mental health charity such as Mind. 

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