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8 Surprising Techniques to Enhance Your Mental Health and Well-being

Wednesday, May 24th 2023 10:00am 2 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Maintaining good mental health can be a challenging task. While traditional methods such as therapy and medication can be helpful, there are other unusual techniques that you can try to enhance your mental well-being. In this article, we’ll explore eight surprising methods that you can use to improve your mental health.

Laughter yoga

Laughter yoga is a unique form of exercise that combines deep breathing, stretching, and laughter. The practice was developed in the 1990s by a physician from India, and it has been shown to reduce stress, improve mood, and boost immunity. Laughter yoga classes are available in many cities, and you can also try it on your own by watching videos online.

Sensory deprivation tanks

Sensory deprivation tanks, also known as float tanks, are enclosed tanks filled with salt water that allow you to float effortlessly. The tanks are designed to be dark and quiet, which can help you achieve a meditative state and reduce stress. Some people find that float tanks can also enhance creativity and improve sleep.

Forest bathing

Forest bathing, also known as Shinrin-yoku, is a Japanese practice that involves spending time in nature and immersing yourself in its sights, sounds, and smells. Studies have shown that forest bathing can reduce stress hormones, lower blood pressure, and improve mood. You can try forest bathing by going for a walk in a park or nature reserve and focusing on your surroundings.

Sound healing

Sound healing is a technique that uses sound vibrations to promote relaxation and healing. It can involve listening to music, chanting, or using instruments such as singing bowls and gongs. Sound healing has been shown to reduce anxiety, improve sleep, and increase feelings of well-being.

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