Mental Health & Exercise

I know talking about mental health can be a touchy subject and one that a lot of people think should only be talked about by professionals which I am certainly not. But I thought it would be a good idea to chat about how I’ve helped my mental health in times when it has been bad.

I like to work out every week and keep fit but there have been times especially recently (within the last year)  when I’ve had so much going on that I couldn’t fit in working out. You then get stuck into the habit of putting working out or keeping healthy in general to the back of your mind. The more you do this the more you feel your mental health deteriorate. Well I know mine certainly did. The bad habits take over and therefore your body is lacking the healthy chemicals that it produces with working out and healthy eating. You find yourself thinking more and more negatively without yourself noticing until it is pointed out to you by others around you.

mental health and exercise

After putting my health on the long finger for quite a while, for a lot of reasons. I decided recently that I really need to get back into the swing of things and start taking back control of both my mental and physical health. When going back to the gym, within a matter of days my mental health was lifted up and I found myself going back to the positive person that I’ve always been. It can be as little as a half hour workout 3 times a week or a 2 hour workout 5 times a week. Either way, no matter what way you are exercising, if it is running, walking, weight lifting etc, once you are moving you will find that you feel so much better.

Putting Yourself First & Taking Care Of Yourself

Putting yourself first and taking care of yourself is something that a lot of us struggle to do with the fast paced lives that we have. But sometimes it’s just good to focus on yourself for a bit so that you can get yourself on the right track to being the person that you want to be.

I have always struggled with my body image and how I think of myself. Although I’ve come a long way in recent years, I still have a long way to go. So focusing on goals, in and out of the gym are really important when trying to keep on track. I never put a deadline of when I want to reach such goals as you may be setting yourself up to disappointment as peoples bodies change at different rates so it’s important to just go at your own speed.

I hope you guys liked this post. I wanted to write it as I hope it helps someone who is having a hard time with their physical or mental health. Exercise can do wonders for both or even if you are just having a stressful time at the minute, exercise can really help to destress you. I have a post on destressing and my tips which you can read here.