Are you tired of feeling depressed, fatigued, or overweight?
Try doing a physical activity to chase those heavy feelings away.
Experts have found that any physical activity can actually make people feel both healthier and happier.
Regular physical activity improves our self-esteem and release chemicals in our body called “endorphins” that make us feel good. Endorphins trigger a positive feeling that is similar to morphine. Endorphins decrease our perception of pain by interacting with the pain receptors in our brain. Many experience a release of endorphins after running long distance or a work out known as “runner’s high.”
Physical activity can make us feel better in so many ways. It can help to:
- Alleviate Stress
- Reduce Anxiety
- Decrease Depression
- Improve Sleep
- Increase Self-esteem
- Optimize Health and Wellness
- Manage Weight
As for me, doing any physical activity such as walking, dancing, even cleaning has always helped me. It takes my mind off my worries and makes me feel good. The idea of doing any movement and expending calories toward something shifts my negative mental landscape to a positive and productive one.
Because of that, I now go for walks when I feel nervous or stuck with a project or a presentation. Somehow that physical activity is enough to quite my mind from its negative fixation and allows the creative juices to flow. Physical activity has been a simple yet powerful way for me to gain clarity and creativity in such a short period of time.
Next time you start feeling the blues try any or all of these simple and practical activities:
– Go for a walk.
– Take the stairs.
– Do house chores.
– Donate old clothes.
– Do yard work.
– Go for a swim.
As you can tell, it really doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are doing something—anything that will take your mind off your worries and put you at ease.
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