It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. We spend most of our time sitting in front of a computer, scrolling through social media, or binge-watching our favorite shows. However, all of this sedentary behavior can take a toll on our physical and mental health.
Somatic movement refers to any type of movement practice that focuses on body awareness and the mind-body connection. It can help us become more attuned to our bodies and emotions, and develop a greater sense of self-awareness. Through these practices, we can learn to better manage stress, increase relaxation, and improve overall physical and mental well-being.
Why is Movement Important for Mental Health?
Movement is essential for maintaining good mental health. When we move our bodies, we release endorphins, which are natural mood boosters. Endorphins help to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and they give us a sense of well-being. Additionally, movement can help to improve sleep, increase energy levels, and boost cognitive function.
The Impact of Somatic Practices on Mental Wellness:
Somatic practices, such as yoga, tai chi, and dance, are a powerful way to connect with our bodies and promote mental wellness. These practices focus on physical sensations and encourage us to be present in the moment. They help us to tune out distractions and tune into our bodies, which can be incredibly grounding and calming.
Research has shown that somatic practices can be effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. For example, a 2017 study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice found that practicing yoga can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. Similarly, a 2018 study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that a combination of yoga and cognitive-behavioral therapy can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
How to Incorporate Movement and Somatic Practices into Your Life:
Incorporating movement and somatic practices into your daily routine is easier than you might think. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
● Take a walk during your lunch break
● Attend a yoga or dance class
● Try tai chi or qigong
● Incorporate stretching into your morning routine
● Practice mindfulness meditation
Somatic practices can be a powerful tool for promoting mental wellness, and they’re easy to incorporate into our daily routines. By making movement a priority, we can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and improve our overall sense of well-being. So, let’s get moving and prioritize our mental health!
Melixa Carbonell, MA, LMHC, ADHD-CCSP, NCC is a clinical mental health provider with a private practice specializing in anxiety, ADHD, and life changes. Call or email for a free 15-minute consultation at 321.287.6919 or at [email protected]