Hello Everyone! Apologies it has been so long since I’ve written. HOWEVER! I have been working on a lot of exciting new things! First of all, as a few of you may know, I have been doing a lot of writing, just in another place! I have been working long and hard over the last few months writing a couple chapters for an upcoming book about looking at a holistic treatment for mental health. The book is still in its editing phase, but should hopefully be coming out at the new year! When I have more information, I will be sharing that with you here.

In addition, as a lot of you know from my writings, I am a huge advocate of using lifestyle changes as a treatment for mental health. In January, I will be starting an intensive 12-week group therapy programme that uses these lifestyle changes as a treatment for depression. The website and details are still a work in progress, but I will share the link here for you when it is ready! Hopefully that will be in the next couple weeks.

But keeping on the topic on lifestyle changes, let’s address a big one – EXERCISE! We all dislike doing exercise, despite its clear importance. Today’s tips on maintaining fitness in college comes from thebestcolleges.org.

Starting out at college is a time of excitement, anticipation, and oftentimes, extreme nervousness. There are a whole host of prospects that can leave any freshman filled with anxiety, from making friends to maintaining good grades to knowing which classes to take. One of the biggest sources of anxiety for students, however, is unrelated to academics: A large percentage of students greatly fear the famous and dreaded freshman 15. The truth is, this isn’t an irrational fear: Most college students will gain between 15 and 25 pounds by the end of their sophomore year. One of the main causes of the freshman 15? Lack of exercise: Not only do the majority of college students not get the recommended amount of exercise, one in three just don’t exercise at all. To be fair, finding time for exercise in the midst of busy college life can be challenging, but there are some great ways that that particular hurdle can be side-stepped. Today’s infographic takes a look at the best ways for college students to stay fit—even in the middle of a dorm room. From cardio to strength training to flexibility, there’s a myriad of ways in which even the biggest of couch potatoes can beat the freshman 15.

For more information on why fitness is important for your mental health, check out the additional articles:

The importance of Regular Exercise

The Psychological Benefits of Exercise

The Benefits of Exercise on Mental Health

Nicole Paulie is a Counselling Psychologist, and co-author of “How to be Happy and Healthy – The seven natural elements of mental health.” She provides therapy in the Dublin city area. Contact us to learn more or to book an appointment.

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