Why do I do yoga every day?Not only does it keep my body in shape,the required mental focus relaxes me and keeps my mind healthy.I've always felt that what I do on a daily basis will benefit my mind and body down the line.This has become,在某种程度上，传统智慧，but science has set out to prove it once again.
最近的一项研究英国医学杂志revealed that healthy minds lead to healthy bodies after discovering a connection between psychological distress and premature death.Whether you keep your mind healthy with yoga,music,我的朋友说,or seeing a mental-health professional,it can all be a wise investment that can lengthen your lifespan.
The researchers in this study kept track of 68,222 healthy adults for 8 years and found that those with lower levels of confidence and higher levels of anxiety,depression,worthlessness,and social dysfunction had a significantly higher risk of death from all causes – including heart-related and cancer-related causes.The thousands of surveyed persons who had died from cardiovascular disease or cancer reportedly had no history of disease from the beginning,but developed it later.
The study assessed psychological distress with a General Health Questionnaire,a simple 12-question survey that assessed if participants had ever lost sleep over worry,considered themselves reasonably happy,or constantly felt under strain.有趣的是,many of the adults who were considered psychologically distressed never received help from a mental-health professional – mostly because there wasn't an urgent need for one.
Mental health is a controversial concept.However,大多数心理健康专家都同意，它涉及到一定程度的自我意识。However,not everyone needs to sit on a shrink's couch to keep their mental health in check.The美国精神病学协会gives tips for those who want to do a mental self-check.
The first thing to assess is your ability to sleep.If you're having trouble sleeping,这可能是一种情绪痛苦的迹象。许多研究将良好的睡眠卫生与心理健康联系起来。Another important thing to assess is your stress level.If you feel tense all the time or find it hard to unwind at the end of the day,your body may be telling you to find better ways to keep your mind healthy.
In addition to yoga,to keep my mind healthy I always take a little time to unwind at the end of the day.I spend time with my wife Lisa and my kids – when they aren't too busy to hang out with their old dad.Playing fetch with my black lab Rosie in our backyard or taking her for a walk also helps me unwind.I feed off her enthusiasm.事实上，owning a pet has been shown to help fight depression.Even爱抚你的动物已经被临床证明可以提高血清素的水平。,which helps to elevate your mood.Another valuable thing I did this summer to keep my spirits up forSeason 4was visit to Europe with my family.(But,I'll tell you more about that in a later blog post.)
Here are some other things you can do to improve your mental health and lengthen your lifespan:
- Tell fewer lies!!The truth will set you free.巴黎圣母大学的研究发现，少说谎话，甚至少说些善意的谎话，都与健康有关。Americans lie an average of 11 times a week.Researchers got a sample of 110 people to stop lying for 10 weeks;they noticed their physical and mental health get significantly better and saw their personal relationships improve.
- Get some music therapy!!Since ancient times,,music has been used to heal both the body and soul.Now,multiple research studies have proven the effects of music on both depression and anxiety – in addition to high blood pressure,Alzheimer's and even cancer.听音乐，especially slow and calming music,已经证明可以降低皮质醇的水平，a stress hormone.A University of Miami study gave regular,健康成人音乐治疗，6周后发现抑郁和疲劳程度较低。
- 深思熟虑！!Every day,my team atThe Dr.Oz显示参加冥想课程。在生产繁忙的一天之后，这给了他们一个恢复和重组的机会。They are extremely dedicated to meditating – and it's paid off for all of us.Meditation has worked to reduce stress levels for thousands of years,so why wouldn't it work for you?Need some pointers??Dr.Mao Shing Ni describes three easy steps for starting your meditation practice,这包括使头脑平静和身体放松。
Whatever you have to do to keep your spirits up,去做吧。It may just save your life!!