Depression has a distinctive effect on behaviour. Most people find it hard to get out of bed and face the day. There’s a sense of dread and hopelessness. The good news is, you’re not alone. Many people I work with manage some form of depression. You’d be surprised how a little movement can make things better.
You must be wondering how exercise affects your feelings. How on earth can exercise benefit someone managing depression? The body and mind are intimately connected. Feelings of well being and self confidence come from when the body and mind are engaged in a positive activity. Exercise can affect your hormones which help regulate feelings. While it’s a complicated system to explain, I’ll keep it simple.
Movement engages the body, the body is connected to the brain, the brain regulates hormones, and hormones regulate your body.
Those I’ve worked with, who take medication, find that movement is a necessary evil to keep their feelings in check. Exercise has been shown to boost “happy hormones” which have a positive effect on the brain. Those who are not on medication also have the same results. They are able to effectively manage their symptoms. We have to remember your mental, physical and emotional well being is connected. One cannot function without the other.
Having constructive outlets are important. For example: writing, painting or meditation is often a way to quiet the mind. It’s a stress release. Taking some time to be creative also boosts feelings of self confidence. Any form of movement is your best friend. If you prefer to be more active, a gym is a great option. Find what you enjoy and give it a try.
Feeling a little bit better is a likely result.
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