You already know that exercise is right for your body, and we’ve touched upon the ways it can help you to feel better, too. Getting physical has many benefits for your mind, and I’d like to address that topic today. It can’t be overstated how good it is for you to get out and move your body. Allow me to focus a bit more on the benefits of exercise for calming your mind.
Happy Brain Chemicals
Endorphins, known as the brain’s happy chemicals, are released when you work out. These chemicals produce a euphoric feeling, and you can get them from even moderate exercise. Just a half-hour of movement a couple of days a week would be a good start. For those prone to depression and anxiety, exercise can sometimes produce effects similar to a prescription.
Along with feeling happier through exercise, you can also gain a sense of calm. When you’re feeling anxious or excited, a workout session might do the trick to level out your mood. People with anxiety disorders have been shown to experience symptom relief through physical exertion.
When you’re feeling too excited to sleep, an exercise session might be what you need to promote slumber. Timing is essential if improving sleep is your goal. Choose about five or six hours before your bedtime to work out. Your body’s core temperature will rise due to physical activity. Then right before bed, it should drop to a temperature that helps to promote sleep.
Sometimes when you’re feeling sad, a quick boost in energy can help to alleviate your mood. A short stroll or quick session at the gym might just give you the shot of adrenaline and endorphins you need to get through the afternoon slump or to shake a blue mood. It can also give you the drive to be more productive and creative once you’ve cleared your head.
Another beneficial brain chemical released through exercise is norepinephrine, which reduces the effects of stress and helps you cope. This is great to know when you’re already feeling stressed to the max. So, head to the gym when you feel like you’re about to burst. You’ll likely feel much better afterward.
Exercise is good for your body, mind, and soul. Even when you’re stressed or overloaded and don’t feel like moving, pushing yourself to get out there and workout may be the best medicine for the situation. Give it a try next time you need an outlet for the tension you’re dealing with. You might just be surprised by the results.