World Mental Health Day is on 10th October. How we look after our bodies has a huge affect on how healthy our minds are – as according to the Mental Health Foundation charity, exercise not only has a positive impact on our physical health, but it can also increase self-esteem. And that allows us to cope much better with life as it happens with its ups and downs.
Physical exercise has constantly been shown to have a positive effect on the mind. So the more you exercise, the better you’ll think and feel.
As well, socialising while such as at the gym has been shown to be an amazing benefit – it keeps away loneliness and isolation that is so often a major aspect of mental health issues.
World Mental Health Day has never been more important as rates of depression, anxiety and other mental health illnesses continue to rise year after year. When you exercise, the body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in the brain that reduce perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body.
And while mental health is very much an inside job, part of that can certainly come from looking well and knowing that you are fit and healthy. Consider the mental difference and the feeling created when you can bound effortlessly up some steps compared to having to go slowly and getting out of breath at the top…?
So always remember: your physical wellbeing has a huge influence on your mental wellbeing. With your mind in mind, we’d love to see you soon!