Mental Health, Exercise and Meditation

Simple steps to make all the difference.

What you think determines how you feel and how you feel determines what you think. But what happens when you’re not feeling so great, how do you change your thinking?

We tend to think in cycles, with one thought attracting another thought of a similar nature. If you think about your thoughts as vibrational energy, the frequency of this vibration will be dependent upon the type of thought it is. The greater the negativity the lower the vibrational energy. Our thoughts can be aligned on this basis to a radio frequency, we’re effectively tuning in to a certain station and this affects how we feel. We know too, that we are affected not only by our own thought energy but the thought energy/feelings of other people around us. Finding ways to get out of a cycle of negative thinking is hugely beneficial.

One of the most effective ways to do this, to change how we feel and lift our mood is by exercising. An article in Fitness Magazine describes 10 mood-enhancing benefits of exercise which apply for all of us.

  • Exercise can help you think more clearly and make better decisions
  • Exercise can help reduce negative moods
  • Exercise helps you resist stress,
  • Exercise improves memory
  • Exercise reduces tension and anxiety
  • Exercise helps reduce pain
  • Exercise improves cognitive performance
  • Exercise increases body satisfaction
  • People who exercise report having better romantic relationships
  • Exercise predicts happiness

Despite knowing all these benefits to our mental health, many people still struggle to get moving. There appears to be an ‘inner’ resistance to exercise. At In Mind In Body (IMIB) we believe many people whilst attempting to exercise, subconsciously hold onto limiting beliefs and emotions which prevent their very best efforts to do so. Emotions such as pride, anger, fear and guilt can be linked to beliefs around; I’m worthless, I don’t matter, I’m not good enough, I can’t change, my needs are not important, I’m unlovable, I can’t do anything right, I’m a failure, I’m helpless, it’s all my fault and I don’t measure up to other people. It is not simply a case of I don’t have time, I’m too busy, there are other obstacles and attachments in the way.

There is good news at hand. You can learn to use a simple, effective yet powerful mediation tool to work on yourself to clear these emotional issues and negative feelings. It’s called the ‘Feel It’ or ‘Letting Go’ process. With “Feel It” you will quickly start to think of negative emotions as a great gift because they are actually the signposts for feeling good. When you let go of the feeling, you free yourself of the associated thoughts.

Meditation is a great way to relinquish our negative cycle of thinking. It allows us to let go of everyday conscious thoughts, and tap into lower brainwave patterns, where we become more open and suggestive to new ways of thinking and learning. There is more good news to come! Collating neuroscientific research at IMIB we discovered, when we imagine ourselves exercising in a meditative state, we can elicit some of the same physiological and psychological benefits of real exercise, through imagined movement.  This includes: the release of endorphins, increases in muscle strength, improved motor function, reduction in stress and anxiety, improved sleep patterns, enhancement of the immune system, lifting of mood and levels of optimism. These findings resulted in the pioneering of active imagery – audio fitness exercises.

Exercise and meditation are great ways to change our mindset and improve our mental health. Listening to active imagery, for a few minutes a day, we believe can help make all the difference .