Life really is one big juggling act of thoughts, moods and emotions.
One day you feel good.
The next day you feel great.
The following day you feel okay.
The day after that you feel mediocre.
I know, it’s a vicious cycle. One that sometimes doesn’t feel like it will end.
Some days it doesn’t take all that much to swing our effervescent mood into a luck luster, ‘I’m simply existing’, attitude.
Why? Any number of things.
Hormones, crappy bosses, financial pressures, loss of a loved one, work, lack of work, kids, husbands, illness, THE MOON! None of us are immune to the pressures of life but there is a way to ensure we cope better with the stresses attached.
It’s become very acceptable to ‘wine’ down at the end of the day with a glass or two. It’s the easy option when it comes to calming the storm in our heads from our day.
But swapping the crystal glasses for leggings and trainers just might provide you with a much stronger set of coping mechanisms than what you had previously thought.
Fun facts about exercise, the brain and mental health:
- It promotes neural growth.
- Reduces inflammation in the brain.
- Creates new patterns that promote calmness and well-being.
- Releases endorphins (those feel good chemicals).
- Reduces overall tension.
- Provides you with a distraction or diversion when you are dwelling.
The benefits of exercise with mental health issues are endless.
When we feel depressed, anxious or overwhelmed, exercising is often the one thing that we least feel like doing. Ironically, exercising at this time, is the one thing we should be doing.
There’s no doubt that training makes you stronger physically, but the strength it can provide you psychologically is extremely powerful.
Overall, exercise makes you more resilient and better equipped to handle every day events, both big and small.
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind.
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