Recently, I developed Achilles tendonitis. This means that I can’t go out running, can’t sprint, etc. And I can feel it, not only in my body, but also in my mood. Exercise is so important as your physical energy is connected to your mental and emotional energy. Studies have been done on the use of exercise for depression and stress.
The Mayo Clinic explains that exercise is so important for stress reduction, due to the release of endorphins. It can also act as a form of meditation, particularly if you find a flow within the exercise (which I typically do). In addition, you can increase your confidence and good feelings about your body as you exercise. When I go through periods of stress at work, I find that lifting weights or running into work really help me feel calmer and able to leave the stress behind.
The NHS explains that exercise is very good for dealing with depression. It starts off by giving us a sense of control in our world. Again, the endorphins can help. I’ve ‘assigned’ walking to a few of my clients in hopes of helping them increase their mood.
Exercise is just one way of taking care of your body but it’s such an easy way. Just walking for 30 minutes a day can help improve how you feel and can be done without too much money or effort. Get out there and start moving! I can’t wait to get back into my normal routine, that’s for sure!