Sanity is defined as the quality or state of being sane; especially soundness or health of mind. Sanity comes from the Latin word Sanitas. (Merriam-webster.com/dictionary)
There are many ways to keep sane in this insane world. Previously I mentioned flexibility and the ability to change.
Another way to keep sane is to move. The act of moving, whether it’s up a steep mountain, along a sidewalk or inside a mall has healing properties. Aerobics, dancing, cycling, running, swimming and walking helps :
- Increase energy
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Keep depression at bay
- Increase self-esteem
- Elevate your mood
- Lighten your load (mentally and physically)
- Improve sleep
For me movement is a huge part of my world.
Walking and talking is even better and makes for an easy conversation. The ability to share stories, offer comments and learn from others during a walk are benefits that last much longer than the act. When the movement takes place outside there are other elements that add to a good frame of mind. Elements might include fresh air, cloud movement, landscape, people-watching, children at play, artists at work, and more.
I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve expressed words of gratitude when I was out walking. There’s a feeling of freedom and appreciation for the world around me when I am moving.
The words that spill so easily from me soothe my heart and calm my soul.
“Thank you so much for this wonderful day…
~For this sunshine
~For the open sky
~For strong legs to help me climb
~For my friend who agreed to join me.”
And then there are times when walking alone works best. It allows me time for introspection, problem-solving, ideas for new blog topics, planning, praying and they all help lighten my load.
Movement is a good thing. It’s a reminder that I am alive. It’s a reminder to take care of this precious body of mine. It’s a reminder to say Thank You.
Thank you for reading, feel free to add your thoughts and ideas on what works for you.
For now – ITS TIME TO DANCE. Turn on video below and move that body!
(We should both be dancin’, yeah!)
- Choosing Sanity: Flexibility (margekatherine.com)
- If you need a reason to walk,…listen up (margekatherine.com)
- Mental Benefits of Walking (www.arthritistoday.org)
- Exercise for Mental Health (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
- Walking (medicinenet.com)
- 34 Medical Studies Proving Cannabis Cures Cancer (wakingtimes.com)
- Why Running Does Not Get You Healthy (liveto110.com)
- Does Bad Posture Cause Back Pain? (bettermovement.org)
9 thoughts on “Sanity: Mental Health in Motion”
I too love walking for all those reasons. I can’t list the number of times I’ve been struggling with a problem, even something as “simple” as a knitting pattern and, by going out for a walk, the solution has come to me. Sometimes, when I am feeling down or like I have picked up someone else’s energies, just walking around the kitchen, stomping my feet and shaking my arms dispels that.
Exercise is the fountain of youth and nature is our best therapist. Great reminders.
Thank you, I danced!
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