The recent suicides of world renowned celebrities such as fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain shocked the world once again. Showing everyone that no one is spared from depression, that mental health is certainly an urgent issue that transcends to all walks of life.
People with depression are usually prescribed with medication to help them in their ordeal but sadly not everyone can be helped by these antidepressants. One great alternative is exercise!
Exercise is a magic drug for many people experiencing depression and anxiety disorders and is becoming more and more prescribed by mental health providers.
Everyone knows that regular exercise is good for the body. But exercise is also one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health. Regular exercise can have a profound positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts overall mood. And you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits.
Health benefits from regular exercise that should be emphasized and reinforced by every mental health professional to their patients include the following:
1. Improved sleep
2. Increased interest in sex
3. Better endurance
4. Stress relief
5. Improvement in mood
6. Increased energy and stamina.
7.Reduced tiredness that can increase mental alertness
8. Weight reduction
9. Reduced cholesterol and improved cardiovascular fitness
Any form of exercise can help with depression. Higher intensity exercises, like running or biking, will help release feel-good hormones, while lower intensity exercises like yoga or gardening, can help you relax and connect with your body.
Exercise’s great therapeutic effect acts like a natural antidepressant, triggering neurotransmitter systems in the brain which helps patients reestablish positive behavior.
Not only does exercise keep you in tip-top shape but also keep your psyche in check. It’s one of the most underrated, effective and cost-efficient treatment for depression- but without the side effects, of course.
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