Author Kelly McGonigal offers inspiring, enlightening, and practical knowledge on the myriad mental health benefits of physical fitness in The Joy of Movement: How exercise helps us find happiness, hope, connection, and courage.
Search a database of free workout videos of all types, difficulty levels, and durations at Fitness Blender.
Aim for a consistent 8 hours per night. My handout, How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep, summarizes the most significant things you can do to improve your sleep.
It helps to create a bedtime routine. Don’t eat a heavy meal before bed, but if you are hungry, have a sleep-friendly snack. Listen to one of these sleep podcasts to help you doze off, or a playlist of sleep-inducing music, such as this or this.
Talk to your doctor if you believe you might have a sleep disorder.
Learn about the critical role nutrition plays in mental health in this article or this video. If you need help learning how to eat well, consider a highly acclaimed book such as Dr. Michael Greger’s How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease, listen to a podcast on nutrition, or follow an informative YouTube channel such as HealthNut Nutrition.
Local therapist Sarah Peyton’s book Your Resonant Self offers tools for building compassionate self-awareness. Dr. Kristin Neff has created books, workbooks, exercises and guided meditations on Self-Compassion. Find them throughout her website, or listen to her TED Talk.
For inspiration and motivation, TED has playlists for rethinking success and failure; fighting impostor syndrome; why practice makes perfect; understanding your inner potential; learning from your mistakes; decision making; looking for the helpers and creativity.
And don’t underestimate the power of finding or creating a music playlist that boosts your mood. Bonus points if the songs make you want to sing along or dance!