When clients come to counselling they are often searching for solutions to help improve their own mental health, which has by this point become too overwhelming for them to manage. Yet too they neglect their own self-care, which is a critical part of being overall mental.
Regular Exercise will have far reaching benefits in terms of your own health and wellbeing. We all know exercise is good for your body but did you know that it is just as important for good for mental health? Here are a few ways exercise can help: You do not have to spend a lot of time for these effects, either. Just 30 minutes a day, three or four days a week is enough to see big changes. It does not matter what kind of activity you do.
Mental Health – Exercise
- It helps us cope with stress.
- It lowers anxiety.
- It lifts our mood.
- It boosts our energy.
- It helps us feel good about ourselves •
- It helps us sleep well
Make sure you pick something you enjoy. Remember, you can do any activity that gets you moving! If you like the activity, you are more likely to do it. Focus on how the activity makes you feel.
Exercise in a group. Exercise with others is often more fun and engaging. It also gets your out of bed early in the morning when you know you have made a commitment to someone else. You will get the benefits of exercise, plus you will connect with someone else. This is also good for your mental health. You are also more likely to keep up with your exercise sessions if you plan them with someone else.
So, the next time you feel sad, worried or stressed, try going for a walk outside. Walking is a fast and easy way to feel better about things in your life.