Alternatives for Better Mental Health

Exercising for better mental health is an effective way to keep good daily focus and mental clarity. Some folks would prefer to be off of any medications for mental health. Using exercise as an alternative and a good diet and lifestyle combined will work collectively to create sound mental health. As someone who struggles with anxiety, here are a few other options for better mental health that I regularly implement to steer clear of pharmaceutical drugs.

Forest Bathing

Hiking is a great way to generate better mental focus and decrease brain fog. Through the woods, be aware of all the sights, sounds, and vibes that you can receive from every tree, plant, animal, and insect. After a few miles of this activity, I always walk away in a better frame of mind than I had before the forest bath had begun. I’m never disappointed in the peace I gain from using this activity for better mental health.

Jumping Rope

Rope jumping is a great way to intensely stimulate your entire body, including your brain and neurological system. In circles of folks that rope jump regularly, it is common knowledge that 10 minutes of jumping rope is equivalent to 2 miles of running. Not only that, it gives me great mental clarity once I’ve finished. I find I can concentrate and focus much more manageable and feel more mentally invigorated, generally speaking.


Running will still render good mental focus and a clear mind without as much intensity as jumping rope. I find I have to do it somewhat longer than rope jumping, but I’m never disappointed by the good results I get from it mentally. One benefit of running is the constant change of scenery that accompanies it as you progress through your run. I find that aspect of running alone to be an uplifting one.


Aerobically, swimming is a great way to go. You’ll get the aerobic benefit neurologically from it that you do with running or jumping rope, but with an added plus that comes directly from the water. There’s a healing, rejuvenating quality about water that you can’t get from anything else. I find that between the good aerobic workout combined with the water, I can walk away from this exercise feeling refreshed, renewed and ready to take on whatever comes my way.

If you are serious about finding ways to use less medication for your mental health, don’t overlook the benefits of exercise. Not only will it be effective for your mental stability, but it will be a great way to get out, meet people and work towards drug-free mental health. Be sure to find the exercises you enjoy to do them regularly for the best results. Don’t hesitate to contact your health professional before making any changes to your medication or treatment plan.

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