Physical activity has always been given a lot of importance in health related issues, so we can even be justified in saying that, stress is the direct result of how actively we have maintained our physical health.
I did discuss earlier, how stressful experiences, contribute in a big way to weight change, and I do believe seriously that the control button to these changes, is so very much within us.
IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE
Exercise can actually ward off many kinds of mental health problems, even before they start raising their heads. Research also tells us, that exercise can improve the symptoms of existing emotional and mental health issues.
We mostly on the normal scale, evaluate mental health issues, like stress specially, with psychological factors, and people land up with psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists for stress relief.
These people need to realize the intrinsic value of physical exercise and the key role it plays in balancing our stress levels. It is only now that exercise is being recognized as the official part of the treatment for mental health issues.
EXERCISE CAN ALLEVIATE DEPRESSION
The main issue with stress is that it takes you into a level of depression and makes you redundant in your main activity level.
SIGNS OF DEPRESSION
The main signs which take over when stress overwhelms us are fatigue, lethargy, decreased energy, insomnia, social withdrawal.
1. Unexplained aches and pains
2. Weight gain and weight loss
3. Increased or decreased appetite
EMOTIONAL ISSUES ARISING
2. Feeling of guilt
3. Loss of self esteem
Irritability, anger, anxiety and pessimism, indifference and being critical are some of the ways in which we project our moods.
CHANGES IN THOUGHT PATTERNS
Stress causes a lack of concentration, indecisiveness, confusion, disorganization and memory issues. On the other hand if we look at what exercise can do for us to eliminate these negative factors is amazing.
It enhances the well being of the body, specially for those who feel mentally fit, improves moods, energy levels, quality of sleep.
DECREASES STRESS HORMONES
Hormones like cortisol get decreased, increases the endorphins. The feel good chemicals in the body get enhanced.
NATURAL BOOST TO IMMUNE SYSTEM
As the mood gets elevated, it heightens the natural metabolism within us.
Since it helps us loose weight, tones the body, maintains a healthy glow. There is a constant positive change happening within us. This naturally uplifts the self confidence.
DISTRACTION FROM NEGATIVITY
Exercise takes your mind off your problems and you are able to redirect your thoughts on to a positive mode.
SOURCE OF SOCIAL SUPPORT
When you join a yoga class or any group activity class like it maybe a spinning class or perhaps dancing, it gives an immense boost to stress release.
OVERALL HEALTH BENEFITS
Regular exercise facilitates a lower heart rate, controlled Blood Pressure, improved respiration, reduces depression and increases energy level.
BETTER SELF WORTH
Looking good makes you feel good. We can say that more than half the battle of life's joyfulness is won, when you facilitate your own feel good factor.
These are hugely generated by stress. Regular exercise, like swimming, cycling, aerobic exercise, running etc, these all help in alleviating stress by improving overall health condition.
Before you start a strict physical discipline for yourself, I would suggest, you consult your medical doctor. Only he can advise you the best form of exercise, for your particular body type and physical condition. Consulting your dietician is also imperative.
We are all unique individuals and require personal plans for ourselves.
PLAN A COMMITMENT
Make your healthy well being, your topmost priority. Stay patient and consistent with your plan. Enjoy your results.
Be stress free and feel joyful.