Keeping active is just as important for your mental health as it is your physical health. Helping with things such as depression, anxiety and stress. There are so many mental benefits to exercise, the main one being helping to relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Depression has been part of my life. At one point, I had it take over me and it was one of the hardest things for me to overcome. My mood swings were through the roof. But the worst thing I did to my body was to self medicate with opiods. It took for me to hit rock bottom in order for me to open my eyes and realize the damage I was not only doing to myself. But, also the people in my life.
Present time. I been forcing myself at times to be consistent with my workouts. I also found out that my depression was linked to my PCOS. Which I was diagnosed with two years ago. Taking baby steps, I been changing my eating habits. Adding more greens and superfoods to my diet. Making healthier choices is also essential to your mental health.
How does exercise help with Mental Health?
- Exercise helps with depression due to the chemical changes in your brain during your workout it, endorphin are released which lift your spirits making you feel happier. It can also act as a distraction preventing you from falling into deeper negative thoughts.
My go to exercises include Yoga, Pilates, Barre, hikes, 30 minute walk/jog, and sometimes an intense twenty minute workout with weighs. I enjoy yoga, Pilates and barre because it doesn’t feel so repetitive. And all three of these focus on using your body weight to tone your body. I highly recommend Yoga for mental issues. Especially those of you who deal with anxiety along with practicing mindfulness. Yoga helps you to concentrate on you and your body, forget your worries and be grateful for the small happiness’s in life. Your body will naturally feel a sense of calmness. Walks with yourself or with a partner can also release so much negative tension. I love taking both my nephews for walks around block. It makes me feel so much better afterwards.
But remember not to push yourself with something you don’t feel comfortable as this will only cause you to associate bad feelings and not want to try again. Don’t get me wrong. I do have those days when I don’t feel like exercising. On those days I either meditate and/or go for a short walk.
How do you deal with your mental health?