May 17, 2018

As we continue to promote Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to highlight some tips for exercise. Why? Because exercise is known to be one of the most effective ways to improve mental health.

According toHelpGuide.org, regular exercise:

  • Relieves stress
  • Improves memory
  • Improves sleep
  • Positively impacts depression, anxiety, and ADHD
  • Boosts overall mood

Exercise can come in many different forms. You may love going to the gym or a local fitness center. But if you don’t have the time or money for those options, a variety of workout options are just a Google search away.


Tip #1:   Find an exercise you enjoy

Do you prefer endurance exercise like aerobics?

Strength building like weight lifting?

Flexibility exercise like yoga and pilates?

Would you rather mix it up and have a variety of choices?

Is there a sport you’d like to take up?


Expand your definition of exercise and try to have fun.



Tip #2:   Exercise during the time of day you have the most energy

Are you a morning person?

Afternoon person?

Night person?

Find a time that is right for you and try to be consistent.


Tip #3:   Define your exercise goals

Sit down and write a note to yourself about why you are going to exercise. It really helps some people to keep an exercise journal. If that sounds like something you would do, go for it! If you know you would buy a journal and then never use it… don’t worry about it!


Document your goals.

Are you hoping to slim down?

Are you hoping to bulk up?


Be intentional about addressing skipped workouts.

How do you feel when you plan to work out but then you skip it?

How do you feel when you plan to work out and you rock it?

Make sure to turn up the volume on the part of you that is so proud when you rock a workout.


Tip #4:   Be kind to yourself

Most of us have started a workout program and then fallen off the wagon.This is a great opportunity to practice self-compassion.You really can start again tomorrow.


Try the following:

Consider having a workout partner.

Set an alert for yourself in your phone or computer.

Remember to be realistic about your expectations.

Start small and really celebrate your improvements along the way.



I hope this helps give you some guidance on your exercise journey.


You can do it! Just for the mental health of it!



Be Comforted,


Donna Durham

President and Co-Founder

Weighting Comforts

 


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What Blanket Weight Should I Buy?

A general rule when purchasing a weighted blanket is taking your weight and multiplying it by .10, or taking 10% of your body weight. Using that number, follow the chart below to guide you in finding the perfect blanket!

100 - 130 lbs
Quilted Cotton 10 lb
Flannel 10 lb
CoolMax® 15 lb
140 - 170 lbs
Quilted Cotton 15 lb
Flannel 15 lb
CoolMax® 15 lb
180 - 200 lbs
Quilted Cotton 20 lb
Flannel 20 lb
CoolMax® 20 lb
220 + lbs
Quilted Cotton N / A
Flannel N / A
CoolMax® 25 lb

 

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