- September 15, 2017
- Posted by: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
- Category: Self Discovery
5 Simple Exercises to Improve Your Mental Health
By Seemab Sajid
Mental Health is affected both negatively and positively by many factors in life.
It is important to be aware of this fact and what you can do to protect yourself.
While you might be searching for solace in social media apps, music, or reading a book, an interesting way to get rid of anxiety and depression is exercising.
It might be hard for us to establish a relationship between physical exercise and mental well-being, but research has confirmed the positive impact of the former on the latter.
Scientifically, this can be explained by the fact that exercising releases endorphins.
Endorphins are responsible for the happy vibes and relaxed feeling one experiences after working out.
Even if one of the following is included in our daily routine, one can see a considerable difference in their state of mind prior to and after exercising.
Besides helping you lose weight and stay in shape, swimming helps relieve anxiety and depression since it is a form of aerobic activity. How? Swimming helps get rid of excess flight or fight hormones that are responsible for a depression episode. This helps relax your muscles. An excellent alternative for muscle relaxants and anti-depressants, this is a natural way to feel better and to sop up negativity after a long stressful day at work.
Check out How To Get A Great Swim Workout for tips.
2. Jogging/ Running
Since any kind of aerobic activity releases endorphins, the hormone responsible for your happiness, going for a run is always a good idea. Although it is advisable that you go to a park nearby to experience the greenery and beauty of nature around you. Living in greener areas or going for a walk in such areas has proven to have a positive impact on one’s psychological well-being, reduced stress levels and an overall healthier state of mind.
3. Brisk Walk
Low intensity aerobic activity reduces stress levels, encourages positive thoughts and improves alertness, all affecting different parts of your brain functioning. A 30 minute walk daily can do wonders for your mental health and make noticeable difference. Going for a walk can uplift your mood when you least expect it to. Walking for six miles a week prevents memory loss and developing diseases relating to cognitive abilities, such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia at later stages in life. Moreover, it prevents episodes of cardiac arrest keeping you both physically and mentally healthy.
Learn about how walking can help your mental health and improve your sex life HERE.
Yoga is a 5000 year old practice that has gained fame over the years owing to its guaranteed results for emotional and spiritual well-being. The focus of yoga is on balancing one’s stress and anxiety levels. It does so by slowing down rapid breathing and high pulse rates. By increasing (gamma-aminobutyric acid) levels in your brain, it lets you relax and put your mind at ease. An hour of yoga daily can considerably increase GABA levels in your body making this practice extremely beneficial for you mental and emotional health.
By saving you the additional traffic stress, cycling saves the day. By pedaling, you stimulate production of brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) leading to the formation of new brain cells. It also increases production of new brain cells. This obviously leads to enhanced cognitive abilities, helping you deal smartly with everyday issues.
Exercising every day for an hour keeps you psychologically and physically fit.
In today’s fast paced world, we often forget to give ourselves a break.
The key to a healthy life lies in pushing yourself without breaking yourself.
Seemab Sajid is a freelance journalist with a passion for writing on social issues and things that make a difference. Besides writing, she works for Rehab Report as a content marketing executive.