Exercise for Better Mental Health
Often times it can be challenging to find a healthy work-life balance. Balance takes planning and effort to be implemented correctly. It is important to make time for exercise and leisurely activity. We all know the stresses of work and home can take a toll after a while. It is important for stress to be relieved somehow! There are many ways to release the tension so you can give 100% to things that matter most to you!
We’ve all heard the common term “runners high”, but what exactly does that mean? According to Jesse Pittsley, PhD, "Psychologically, runners may experience euphoria, a feeling of being invincible, a reduced state of discomfort or pain, and even a loss in sense of time while running," Incorporating a physical activity such as running 2-4 times per week could be a great way to alleviate stress.
Riding a bike releases endorphin in a similar way to running. Check out the great variety of bike trails Indiana has to offer. Consider riding your bike to work or inviting a buddy to go on trails with you. Accountability is key for success – so surround yourself with positive influences and your mental health could improve drastically!
Yoga relaxes and strengthens your muscles – including the most important one, your mind! There are numerous physical benefits from doing yoga. Yoga is a great way to connect mind, body and spirit. The art of meditation incorporates proper breathing to increase oxygen flow to the brain and release tension in the body. For many people, it creates clarity in their life. If you want to reduce the stress in your life, yoga could be a great fit for you!
Swimming is a great way to keep your heart rate up and alleviate pressure from your joints. It is a full-body workout that is not as easy as it looks. After a good workout in the pool you will definitely sleep well at night. Going swimming in the morning before going into work is a great way to wake up your mind and body.
Join a Rec League
The theme of this blog is that exercise will relieve your stress. If you are somebody who does not like to exercise, then you need a way to forget you are exercising. One way to do that is to pick up a sport and compete. Thinking about winning the competition could distract you from the fact that you are “exercising”! Consider softball, dodgeball or even volleyball rec leagues to get involved in your community and stay active!
Any form of exercise can help you de-stress, lower your anxiety levels, improve your mood, boost your self-esteem, and even strengthen your relationships! Give one of these tips a try!