As we plan on reopening tomorrow, I thought I would share this little article from about 12 ways to better your life.

For many, the COVID-19 pandemic reinforced just how important mental health is for overall wellness. Rather than some intangible aside, it’s a critical element of physical health.

You might even call it fitness.

Referring to mental-health care as mental fitness creates a powerful mindset shift. It puts us in a proactive state and gives us the autonomy to improve it.

And just as we build and preserve muscle with physical training, we can develop and sustain mental fitness by regularly training our brains.

Start with these 12 steps.

1. Clean Your Kitchen

Clear your fridge and pantry of highly processed foods, refined carbohydrates, processed vegetable oils, added sugars, and artificial sweeteners. It’s hard to say no to Doritos and Snickers if you have them at arm’s reach. Aside from being highly addictive, these foods are also detrimental to mood and overall mental health.

Instead, stock your kitchen with meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar. These foods provide fiber to your gut microbes and help them thrive.

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