GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Dr. Henry Emmons, Integrative Psychiatrist and co-founder of NaturalMentalHealth.com, has talked this week about the importance of grounding, moving and now rest.
“It just gives the body a chance to reset,” Dr. Emmons says. “You need to do that.”
He says try to build in 15-minute breaks in your day every couple hours or so. It’s a chance to step away from your devices and just let your mind wander.
“There's a lot of good that can come from just allowing the mind to do its own thing and then bring it back,” he says. “It's that bringing it back that seems to be such a great exercise for your brain.”
We often hear how important it is to get good sleep at night, but Dr. Emmons says he’s seen firsthand in his practice how transformative it is for the mind.
“Sleep is the linchpin for good mental health. Anybody who's struggling with anxiety, depression, any kind of stress disorder, if they're not sleeping they're going to have a much harder time recovering,” he says. “If they do start sleeping well, their chances of recovery go up about 80%. It's remarkable.”