It is obvious that Physical Activity has a direct effect on your Physical Well-being but more and more evidence is coming out that shows how exercise can also have a positive impact on your mental Well-being. Seeming as #MentalHealthAwarenessDay has just passed we thought we would look at how.
When you exercise it release more endorphins which have a positive effect on your mood and make you feel happier. You don’t need to be a gym fanatic to reap the benefits, just by doing moderate exercise you will see the results, so even light gym users and exercisers can benefit. In return you can experience reduced stress, improved memory, better sleep and a boost to your overall mood. This in turn can help with things such as depression, anxiety and ADHD.
Exercise and Anxiety
Exercise is a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment. It relieves tension and stress, boosts physical and mental energy, and enhances well-being through the release of endorphins. Anything that gets you moving can help.
Try to notice the rhythm of your breathing. By adding this mindfulness element—really focusing on your body and how it feels as you exercise—you’ll not only improve your physical condition faster, but you may also be able to interrupt the flow of constant worries running through your head.
If you want help with your breathing technique then one of our Yoga classes may really be beneficial.
Exercise and Stress
Have you ever noticed how your body feels when you’re under stress? Your muscles may be tense, especially in your face, neck, and shoulders, leaving you with back or neck pain, or painful headaches. The worry and discomfort of all these physical symptoms can in turn lead to even more stress, creating a vicious cycle between your mind and body.
Exercising is an effective way to break this cycle. Physical Activity helps to relax the muscles and relieve tension in the body. Since the body and mind are closely linked, when your body feels better so will your mind.
If you perform vigorous exercise be sure to allow your muscles to recover, use heat or cold recovery techniques. It may not be nice at the start but you will reap the benefits when your muscles and body feel relaxed.
Some exercise classes are naturally going to help you feel better. Yoga and Pilates are an example of classes where the focus is on the mind being connected with the body. Entering these classes with a mind emphasis can really help.
Body Combat and HIIT classes where repressed energy can be released are also really beneficial. When we are exercising we tend to be thinking about other things, work and home pressures etc. This is a chance to think on a different platform.
Running and cycling, whether in or outside of the gym, offer a type of Cardio exercise where you have an extended opportunity to reflect on things going on in your life. You may have a work-out buddy whom you talk to during these activities, they are great for reflection and expression.
Ultimately if you don’t feel ok you need to remember, that’s ok! Speak to someone, take steps towards mental well-being and look after yourself. The unbelievable people at Mind can help with any further information or advice.
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