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How your Lifestyle can effect your Mental Health

Paul Rajotte

Posted on October 15 2018

How a Healthy Lifestyle Can Seriously Benefit Your Mental Health.

There’s been an opinion held by many for so long that the only way to improve your mental health is to take Prescription Medication and see a Counsellor, and, if this doesn’t work, there’s nothing else that can be done.  

This prognosis has left many disillusioned and floundering when these two treatments have failed to restore their mental health and they don’t know where to turn for help. This is pretty alarming as the prevalence of Mental Health issues around the world is steadily on the rise.

However, in recent years, there’s been incredible breakthroughs in the treatment of Mental Health and in this article that I’d like to share with you what I’ve learnt from leading health practitioners in my own mental health journey. 

I’m going to give you some tips that WON’T CURE but will HELP YOU FIGHT ITI’m going to explain how having a healthy lifestyle can have a massive and positive impact on your mental health, and I’m going to give you 2 STEPS that can help you strive towards mental happiness. 

Before I begin, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about my own story.  

As a 15-year-old, I was King Hit by 3 people and as a result, I developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and as a young boy, I didn't understand what this really meant and so, as most teenage boys do, I just tried to ignore it and get on with my life. 

At 18 years old is when it really hit me.  I was playing Rugby and in an unfortunate tackle, my neck was broken.  I was a representative of the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and I was told I would never play again. 

Completely devastating. 

This developed into severe anxiety, depression and a loss of my purpose.  My mental health spiralled downhill fast.

Now let me tell you how I started to kick my mental health’s ass. I saw a Psychologist and got medicated, but, the real change occurred when I was strongly led by my coach to INVEST in nutrition and weight training to change me, not only physically, but mentally.  

I was sceptical at first.  

I questioned myself, “I have a mental health issue - how is weight training and nutrition coaching going to help me?”  (I’m sure you are asking yourself the exact same thing).

Well, let me just say that they led me to the bright side of life!

How did this happen?

Firstly, EXERCISE releases Endorphins in our body that gives us the happy feeling, making us feel motivated and ready to kick goals.  This means every time you exercise, you’re going to get a release of HAPPY FEELINGS! This is one big piece to the puzzle to changing your mental health in so many positive ways.

My coach told me to trust the process, to take it by day by day.

I started to focus on training 5 days a week in the gym with a program for my goal. 

For me, fighting my mental health all started with a goal - a goal to get a strong as possible because my coach educated me that a strong body will give you a strong mind.

I started smashing the weights, pulling 100kg off the ground, squatting over 100kgs for reps and it was ME TIME for an hour.  It was the most EMPOWERING FEELING EVER knowing I’m going to use weight training goals to get over humps that life throws at me.

My whole confidence started to grow; I was still fighting everyday but it made it easier.

I started to take care of myself - how I dressed, how I spoke to people, my relationships were better. 

Everything started to change.

If I can give you ONE piece of advice, it would be to sign up to a gym and start lifting some weights. YouTube how to do so if you are stuck, ask people at the gym questions or get a trainer because you will soon find out how achievable anything is when you have a strong body!

 

What does your exercise routine for a normal week look like? 

Could you improve?

 

Secondly, FOOD is your fuel! 

You need to see yourself as a Ferrari.

And as a Ferrari, you need to power yourself with the best possible fuel to give the best possible performanceAnything else will jeopardise how you operate.

There’s no way you’d put Diesel or a low-grade fuel in a Ferrari.  You’d use 98 Unleaded.

What you put in your body, will determine how it operates.  If you put rubbish in it, you’ll feel rubbish.  If you put good, whole foods into your body, you’ll start feeling awesome.

Are you getting me now?

You use EXERCISE to build a bigger engine and increase the Endorphins (the happy guys) flowing through your body, and, you use FOOD to power that big engine.  The longer you keep going, the more momentum you’ll achieve, and the better and happier you’ll feel.

Do you see how all of this comes together in creating a stronger mind?

What food and drinks are you using to power your body each day?

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One last but very important piece of the puzzle to improving your metal health is to
find someone you trust and respect who’ll keep you accountable to do this, 
To get an exercise program designed for you and to do it. To get an nutrition guideline and then stick to it too.  

Accountability is the difference between success and failure.  

My wise “Old Man” keeps telling me,

“What doesn’t get inspected, doesn’t get respected Jarrod”!

I finally found my outlet to creating a bigger and more sustainable mental health and lifestyle for myself through EXERCISE and FOOD.  

If I can give you some expert advice, coming from someone who has been through hell and back several times, please don’t hesitate to book a call with myself or send me an email with any questions. 

I’m here to help you achieve a strong body and mind.

Take care, 

Jarrod.

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