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October Temple Talk: The Power of Our Choices

Join us this Friday, October 14 for our monthly Temple Talk: The Power of Our Choices. One Temple Fitness is all about assisting you to becoming healthier and being the best you that God has destined you to be! This year all of our Temple Talks will be held online, so zoom into us!

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Exercise Does More Than Energize, It Aids in Combating Symptoms of Mental Illness Too

Often times many people exercise to feel good about themselves, whether it's achieving a certain physical appearance or the desire to gain more energy. When you exercise your body releases endorphins that interact with receptors in your brain that trigger many positive feelings and results in: increase relaxation, aid in controlling addiction, sharpen memory, boost brainpower, alleviation of anxiety, prevention of cognitive decline, improvement of self-confidence, and reduction of stress. Endorphins are capable of accomplishing all of this because they reduce the perception of pain in your body. Therefore, engaging in activities that frequently release endorphins is extremely helpful to your mental health. According to NAMI (2015), "approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year; approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities; approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life, and for children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%; 6.9% of adults in the U.S. had at least one major depressive episode in the past year; 18.1% of adults in the U.S. experienced an anxiety disorder such as posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and specific phobias; and among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder, 50.5%—had a co-occurring mental illness."Considering the statistics, exercising would be beneficial to combat symptoms of disorders like anxiety and depression. Ultimately, exercisecontributes to an overall health and longevity of life! Therefore, One Temple Fitness by F.I.R.E. is inviting you to our Group Meet-UP, this Friday, January 8, 2016 at 7:30p.m. to continue the discussion of the benefits of maintaining the mind, body, and spirit through exercise.

Tweets for the Soul: When Life Falls Apart

Thema Bryant-Davis has done it yet again! After reading Thriving in the Wake of Trauma: A Multicultural Guide, I was excited to read her next work! She took an innovative approach to transform lives using 21st century technology! Taken from her own healing journey, clinical expertise, and intrinsic resource as an Womanist Theologian, she uses "twitter therapy" as a launchpad for inner wisdom to enter into our daily lives. She divides the book into several topics, one being, "When Things Fall Apart," and provides little golden nuggets like, "No more running, hiding, avoiding, denying. Walking through it is the way to get through it. Face it so you can be healed." As a fellow mental health professional, this statement sums up the very mindset that is needed for transformation to be ignited inside of one's self. Therefore, I encourage you to not only read this book but engage in "twitter therapy" so your mind can be renewed, rejuvenated, and reinvigorated to jump start the transformation inside of yourself!