MENTAL FITNESS
BY
LINDSEY NAYLOR
TABLE OF CONTENTS
• Mental Fitness Defined
• Benefits of Mental Fitness
• Research Available
• How to Improve Mental Fitne...
MENTAL FITNESS
Includes a range of exercises and activities
to develop different mental skills including
agility, alertnes...
Benefits of Mental Fitness
• Mental Agility
• Mental Awareness
• Promotes Calm and Wellness
• Prolongs Life
Research Studies
• Research studies are not only educational
but allow us to believe we can achieve the
intended goal.
• D...
Dr. Candace Pert
• “The mind is the body, the body is the
mind.” (Dacher, 2006, pg.18)
• Discovered proteins called Neurop...
Dr. Peter Schnall
• Studied Mid-level Business Managers
– Those who suffered
– Those who didn’t suffer
Those who Suffered
• Felt hopelessness
• Felt Powerlessness
• Had Mental Stress
Those who Didn’t Suffer
• Managers who didn’t suffer said they “saw
it as a challenge and could summon the
inner resources...
Dr. Randolph Byrd
• Set out to prove that prayer could make a
difference in recovery.
– 393 patients in San Francisco
– Di...
Control Group
• Had flaws
– Unknown others that could be praying for
those patients in this group
– Patients could have be...
Group Receiving Prayer
• Experienced
– Fewer deaths
– Fewer intubations and ventilations
– Fewer drugs were administered
–...
How to Improve Mental Fitness
• Meditation
• Guided Imagery
Meditation
• We are often so busy we feel there is no time to stop
and meditate! But meditation actually gives you more
ti...
Love and Kindness
• This is a simple meditation that teaches us
how to feel and radiate love and kindness
to ourselves and...
Guided Imagery
• Retreat into your mind and dream a
fantasy vacation. How far away will your
imagination take you?
How to Start
• Think about the future you want to achieve
• Create a Vision
• Commit
• Focus
• Dedicate
• Do it Now
Summary
• It’s about getting mentally fit, staying
mentally fit, and isn’t it about time!
• Remember that mental fitness a...
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  1. 1. MENTAL FITNESS BY LINDSEY NAYLOR
  2. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS • Mental Fitness Defined • Benefits of Mental Fitness • Research Available • How to Improve Mental Fitness • How to Start • Summary
  3. 3. MENTAL FITNESS Includes a range of exercises and activities to develop different mental skills including agility, alertness, and calmness.
  4. 4. Benefits of Mental Fitness • Mental Agility • Mental Awareness • Promotes Calm and Wellness • Prolongs Life
  5. 5. Research Studies • Research studies are not only educational but allow us to believe we can achieve the intended goal. • Dr. Candace Pert • Dr. Peter Schnall • Dr. Randolph Byrd
  6. 6. Dr. Candace Pert • “The mind is the body, the body is the mind.” (Dacher, 2006, pg.18) • Discovered proteins called Neuropeptides • Discovered how Neuropeptides can help us heal mentally.
  7. 7. Dr. Peter Schnall • Studied Mid-level Business Managers – Those who suffered – Those who didn’t suffer
  8. 8. Those who Suffered • Felt hopelessness • Felt Powerlessness • Had Mental Stress
  9. 9. Those who Didn’t Suffer • Managers who didn’t suffer said they “saw it as a challenge and could summon the inner resources to deal with the workload” (Dacher, 2006, pg.18).
  10. 10. Dr. Randolph Byrd • Set out to prove that prayer could make a difference in recovery. – 393 patients in San Francisco – Divided into two groups • Control Group • Group with Prayer
  11. 11. Control Group • Had flaws – Unknown others that could be praying for those patients in this group – Patients could have been praying for themselves
  12. 12. Group Receiving Prayer • Experienced – Fewer deaths – Fewer intubations and ventilations – Fewer drugs were administered – Less pulmonary edema
  13. 13. How to Improve Mental Fitness • Meditation • Guided Imagery
  14. 14. Meditation • We are often so busy we feel there is no time to stop and meditate! But meditation actually gives you more time by making your mind calmer and more focused. A simple ten or fifteen minute breathing meditation can help you to overcome your stress and find some inner peace and balance. • Meditation can also help us to understand our own mind. We can learn how to transform our mind from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful, from unhappy to happy. • This is a profound spiritual practice you can enjoy throughout the day, not just while seated in meditation.
  15. 15. Love and Kindness • This is a simple meditation that teaches us how to feel and radiate love and kindness to ourselves and others. • This meditation can be done all day with or without sitting down. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =Rg5fSjehETk
  16. 16. Guided Imagery • Retreat into your mind and dream a fantasy vacation. How far away will your imagination take you?
  17. 17. How to Start • Think about the future you want to achieve • Create a Vision • Commit • Focus • Dedicate • Do it Now
  18. 18. Summary • It’s about getting mentally fit, staying mentally fit, and isn’t it about time! • Remember that mental fitness activities take patients, repetition, and time to achieve. • Just Do It!

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