Dan Siegel offers three things that greatly help one’s overall mental health. I rearranged the list (as found in Curt Thompson’s Anatomy of the Soul) so I could make the word FAN. Here are the three things:
Focused attention exercises. These are things such as prayer and meditation on the Word of God.
Aerobic activity. Forty-five minutes a day at least five times a week. We think better when we our body feels better.
Novel learning experiences. Pushing yourself to learn something new. Could be gardening, cooking, a new language, really just about anything that forces the brain to make new connections.
Meditate on I Cor. 9;24-27, then read this short piece my son, David, sent me:
According to Christopher McDougall (Born to Run, p. 11-12), there were three times in American history where there was a big jump in the popularity of distance running:
During the Great Depression
Right after Vietnam
And right after 9/11
Running obviously is a way we cope with stress.
Our youngest son, Chris, encouraged me to read Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. It is an amazing read about an Indian tribe who can run hundreds of miles at a time! Here is a brief clip about this amazing group of people: