A lot of doctors today will recommend anyone struggling with their mental health should start some sort of exercise. Why is this and what impact does exercising have on our mental health?
- Exercise is scientifically proven to boost mood and decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety. Exercising picks up endorphin levels, the “feel good” chemical in our brain, that produces feelings of happiness and euphoria.
- Exercising can decrease stress. Increasing your heart rate can actually reverse stress-induced brain damage by stimulating the production of neurohormones, which improve cognition and mood and also improve thinking clouded by stressful events.
- Physical achievements that come about from regular exercise can increase self-esteem and confidence. Some people aim to lose weight or gain muscle tone, achieving this can boost their inner confidence.
- Exercising can help with sleeping problems. Training increases your body temperature, which can have a calming affect on the mind. Exercising also helps regulate your built in alarm clock that controls when you feel tired or when you feel alert.
- Exercises can boost creativity and mental energy. Training can improve concentration and make you more productive when completing any work.
6 months ago I have come off my bipolar medication. Since training again, I have felt a lot more positive, structured and stable. I have been all round more productive and I genuinely do believe this is the effects of exercising on my mental health.