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Mason amber hw420 unit5 mental fitness power point


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Mason amber hw420 unit5 mental fitness power point

  1. 1. Benefits and Holistic Wellbeing
  2. 2.  Benefits of Mental Fitness  What research is available?  How can this be beneficial for me?  Steps to improve Mental Fitness  What activities can I participate in?  How do I get started?  Summary
  3. 3. How do we know that this can help us?
  4. 4.  Dr Robert Ader was an early researcher in this field, he used lab rats to show how powerful the mind is in the functioning of the body (Dacher, 2006).  Lab rats were given a poisonous chemical in sweetened water that caused them nausea, the poisonous chemical was taken out of the water after a time, yet the lab rats still had the same response as when the chemical was added.  After the initial response, the rats began to die. The chemical also had immunosuppressant effects and the rats’ minds continued to have a negative effect on the immune systems even when the drug was not present.  This conclusively proved that the mind is so powerful that it can replicate the effects of a toxic chemical if it believes that this chemical is present.
  5. 5.  Candace Pert proved that thoughts, feelings, and images produce neuropeptides that alter the body’s response to better reflect our mental state (Dacher, 2006).  Pert discovered natural body proteins (neuropeptides) that carry messages from the mind to the body creating a connection of communication throughout the entire body.  Pert’s continued research in this area proved that the mind’s health is reflected in the health of the body. A mind that is disturbed or stressed is reflected in the body of that person. The body will also show illness in the form of physiological issues.
  6. 6.  Dr Peter Schnall conducted a study that was published in the Jo urnalo f the Am e rican Me dical Asso ciatio n regarding how stress effects certain body systems (Dacher, 2006).  Mid level managers that were experiencing job strain (high responsibility with little control) were assessed for physical health related to job strain.  These managers were prone to feelings of helplessness, powerlessness and mental stress.  These managers experienced chronic hypertension and an enlarged heart.  Mid level managers that were able to process job stress in a healthy, productive way were also observed.  These managers were able to treat the stress as a challenge to be met.  These managers did not experience long term health complications.
  7. 7. How can I get mentally ‘active’?
  8. 8.  Meditation  Meditation is a process where the participant uses quiet environments and/or soothing music and sounds to calm the mind and relax or reflect on events and issues in a peaceful enviroment. (If you are unable to initiate any of this process on your own, beginners may want to seek a seasoned practitioner).  First, wearing comfortable clothing, find a quiet area to sit in a relaxing position for the exercise.  Second, begin relaxing by focusing the mind on breathing techniques and the quiet or soothing background sounds.  Thirdly, once your mind is calmed begin reflecting on events, or use the time to sort through thoughts and observe mental peace.  Next, at the end of this exercise, slowly arouse your mind and body using stretching and slow deep breaths to revive your body and mind without causing immediate stress.  Finally, enjoy the relaxing after glow of successful meditation.
  9. 9.  Connecting with your environment  There are many methods that can be used to connect with the environment. For our purposes we will discuss walking. Perhaps sedentary reflection is not your style.  Step one: choose a desirable or convenient area to walk.  Step two: wear comfortable, weather appropriate clothing.  Step three: walk the area and observe the environment, pay attention to the surrounding nature, or the buildings and people.  Step four: utilize this time reflect on the beauty in the environment and focus your mind completely on the surroundings and uniqueness of different environments.  Step five: end your walk and consider the mental and cardiovascular benefits of taking personal time and appreciating your environment while exercising.
  10. 10. What have we learned?
  11. 11.  Mental fitness activities are an important part of health.  Mental fitness activities have been scientifically proven to be beneficial to psychological and biological health.  There are many activities that can be undertaken to exercise and improve mental fitness.  These exercises are simple and easy to accomplish.  These activities produce immediate and long term benefits for the mind and the body.
  12. 12.  Dacher, E. S. (2006). Inte g ralhe alth: The path to hum an flo urishing . Laguna Beach, CA: Basic Health Publications.  Personal experience and practice (2010).