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How exercise benefits your mental health?

03 Jan 2023

How exercise benefits your mental health?

The job market is getting more and more cutthroat throughout the world. Because of this, it is impossible to strike a balance between work and personal life, and employees constantly fear losing their jobs to others who are prepared to work for less money. Stress and worry are hence, a continual part of people's lives, and they constantly run the risk of developing mental health conditions like obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. The majority of the jobs that we perform now require a lot of time and contribute to many mental health problems.

 Mental eudemonia is one of the pensive concerns for people today. Going for a morning stroll, going to the gym, or engaging in any other physical exercise has a favourable impact on your brain. According to experts in medicine, exercise is the best way to lower tension and anxiety. It increases your output and creates harmony in your job and personal lives. Regular exercise protects against several illnesses in addition to strengthening your limbs. The advantages of exercise for various mental health issues will be discussed in this section.

1.       Boosts your nervous system:

An average person comes home tired and exhausted after work. Many individuals also complain of pain and stress. Your nervous system receives a boost from exercise in the form of endorphins and endocannabinoids. Chemical messengers called endorphins are responsible for both; increasing pleasure, and blocking pain. The peaceful bliss that follows a challenging workout is brought on by endocannabinoids.

2.       Improves flow of oxygen to the brain:

The flow of oxygen to the brain is improved by exercise. When you exercise, your heart beats more quickly. It increases muscular activity and sensory impulses as well as blood flow to the brain. Therefore, exercising lowers your chance of developing all illnesses linked to cognitive decline.

3.       Exercise is a stress buster:

Exercise is the cure-all for stress. Stress originates from the physical, emotional, and psychological pressure we endure. While lowering the levels of stress-related hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, exercising increases the synthesis of neurohormones like norepinephrine. As a result, we feel happier and less stressed. It gives us a sense of fulfilment.

4.       Workout Improves self-esteem:

A persistent sense of incompleteness is common among overweight persons. In addition to having social anxiety, they are unhappy with their appearance. Exercise helps you burn more calories and tones your muscles while increasing your endurance. Your sense of worth and confidence increase as a result. Even the tight garments you previously refrained from wearing can be worn without looking unattractive. Good looks always invite complements, and help in keeping you happy.

5.       Induces Sleep:

Your circadian rhythm is regulated by a regular exercise schedule. In addition to calming your thoughts, it also regulates your level of relaxation and helps you sleep better. The length and quality of sleep are both enhanced by physical activity. As a result, you fall asleep fast and restfully. A night’s rest works like a charger for the another day. If you don’t get proper sleep, you can’t work properly.

6.       It is the best anti-depressant: 

In the twenty-first century, mental illnesses have outnumbered physical illnesses. Even school-going youngsters suffer from sadness and anxiety. The possibilities are significantly greater if you are a single kid of working parents. Such parents ought to instil the habit of exercising in their kids to improve their mood and lessen the signs of sadness and anxiety. Your child can feel better with even modest to moderate exercising. Moreover, it will allow you more time to spend with them.

7.       Cures ADHD: 

People who have trouble paying attention are often discovered to have ADHD, also known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. These individuals exhibit impulsive conduct due to the imbalance of the dopamine hormone, which impairs focus. Dopamine levels in the brain are regulated by exercise, which also enhances focus. Hence, exercising is one of the most effective natural treatments for ADHD.

8.       Helps you acquire new skills: 

Your heart rate, sleep cycle, and mood are all controlled by exercise. It encourages Neuroplasticity and enhances the capacity of the brain and central nervous system to adjust activity in response to inputs. You acquire new skills and perform better when you're in a good mood and have a healthy nervous system. Unusual Bipolar illness may also be brought on by unusual changes in energy and mood. So, Exercising turns out to be quite important in both psychotherapy and antipsychotic medicines.

9.       Cures OCD:

People who have OCD, (obsessive-compulsive disorder) experience unwelcomed thoughts and anxieties in their minds. They experience stress as a result of these worries and concerns interfering with their daily lives. OCD has an impact on students' daily lives and negatively impacts their capacity to learn. Your personal and professional lives are both negatively impacted. You may treat this disease with the right exercise regimen.

10.   Prevents bad dreams & nightmares: 

In children and teenagers, nightmares are fairly prevalent. Even in an adult's life, a sudden tragedy or occurrence might cause horrible nightmares. If such a horrifying, perilous, or deadly event has ever occurred in your life, you can either start taking antidepressants or increase your exercise routine. Exercise lowers your risk of getting post-traumatic stress disorder and balances your hormones to keep you healthy.

The adage "A sound mind thrives in a healthy body" is true. Your mood ultimately impacts your productivity. So, the secret to our entire wellbeing is a healthy mind. From the very beginning of their lives, we should instil in our children, the habit of exercising. You may stay healthy and energetic by doing a little meditation, and exercise. Additionally, it gives you a sense of fulfillment, and boosts your memory.

 By :- Dr. Manju Antil 



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