New year, new brand for you! Exercise, healthy food can improve mental health

After living through 2021, another year of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s time for us to adopt a serious empathic stance to increase focus on self-development and mental health in 2022. We face many uncertainties due to the pandemic – including increased morbidity and mortality. Economic instability, volatile markets and faltering businesses, among others. This is undoubtedly the biggest health event that has occurred in the past four generations, and we are still struggling to see an end to it.

With many of us starting to reflect on New Year’s resolutions, this is the best time for us to prioritize a physically, mentally, and fit lifestyle in 2022. Data shows that physical activity and exercise benefit mental health. While exercise may not be able to cure mental illness, it can provide important overall health benefits and can relieve symptoms of mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.

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Stress can cause illness, and illness can cause stress.

Stress can cause illness, and illness can cause stress. Since exercise improves overall health and longevity, it can help us resist stress to a great extent. Physical activity and exercise have also been found to improve mood, improve energy levels, develop stamina, and promote good sleep. Exercise reduces stress hormones like cortisol and increases endorphins, which are feel-good chemicals in the body. Exercising can also boost confidence as one can maintain a healthy weight and fitness and boost strength.

Dr. Sahir Jamati is the Head of the Department of Psychology, Masina Hospital, Mumbaiagencies

Dr. Sahir Jamati is the Head of the Department of Psychology, Masina Hospital, Mumbai

A large percentage of the population has faced several problems due to the epidemic. After the Covid waves in 2020 and 2021, people are still dealing with the uncertainty of new waves. This can cause anxiety. A large number of people have not taken vacations or even visited the mall or gym for a while now. They stayed inside for a long period of time to be safe. But staying home for long periods has not proven healthy for many, leading many people to prioritize health like never before.

The pandemic has made us re-evaluate various aspects of life and the way we approach our fitness. People are beginning to realize the importance of a healthy diet and a good daily workout regimen. Home workouts, yoga routines, fitness regimes with the help of technology, virtual exercise classes, diets to keep the mind and body healthy, online aerobics classes, dancing, and other activities that have become an option for most of us to keep our mental and physical fitness. People are also beginning to show an interest in tracking their stress levels, boosting the immune system, improving gut health, and incorporating mindfulness into their daily lives.

Small lifestyle changes can help you stay fit and keep your mental stability. Find the perfect workout plan. Reduce your intake of salt, refined sugars, carbohydrates and caffeine. Eat fresh vegetables and fruits, drink enough water, take regular breaks and relax between busy appointments. Sleep well and consistently for at least 7 hours. Fill your life with laughter and fun. This way you will be better prepared to deal with most of life’s problems.


Dr. Sahir Jamati is the Head of the Department of Psychology, Masina Hospital, Mumbai.

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