How Exercise Helps Treat Depression, Anxiety, and Stress
Today, I was out at 6am when I saw people from a gym window running on a treadmill. I kept wondering what would make them go out so early to exercise.
Well, people who exercise regularly enjoy mental benefits like more energy throughout the day, feel more relaxed, sleep better, and generally have better mental health.
Exercise relieves anxiety by releasing endorphins. Also, helps an anxious thought relief technique known as mindfulness.
When you exercise, you can focus on the rhythm of your breathing, the movement of your legs, or the feeling of the wind on your skin. All of this helps you focus on your body and reduce the flow of anxious thoughts.
Studies show that exercise is as effective as antidepressants in treating mild to moderate depression.
Exercise helps fight depression because of the various changes it makes to the brain. It promotes neural growth and brain activities that make you feel calm and settled.
Exercise also releases endorphins which are happy hormones that uplift your spirit and make you happy.
Finally, when you exercise, your mind is distracted by depressive thoughts and emotions.
Exercise also helps relieve stress. When you are stressed you feel it in your body, your muscles tighten, your neck hurts, you have a headache, you have back pain as well as many other physical symptoms but exercise fixes that helping you relax and relieve tension not only in your body but in your mind.
Your body and mind are linked to each other. If your body is well taken care of, so will your mind.