3 Ways Your Mental Health Affects Your Overall Fitness

                 

Exercise has so many benefits. It is not only good for your physical health but for your mental health too. When you exercise, chemicals are stimulated in your brain that improves your mood and areas of the brain that are responsible for learning. Exercise can make you feel much better and reduces the risks of illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, lungs and heart disease and many more. It also helps people recover from other serious conditions and illnesses. If you want to lose weight, the best and healthiest way is to exercise. This will even boost your self esteem. 

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The link between our physical health and mental health is always misunderstood. They are often regarded as two separate entities, but honestly speaking, they are not. There is a misconception about mental illness not being a physical disease, which is absolutely wrong. In fact mental health is directly related to our physical health. Most of us are not even aware of this fact. Mental illness does not only mean ‘depression’, problems like eating disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar depression, addictive behavior and many more fall under it. If you have a poor mental health, it can affect your ability to make decisions. You will even fall prey to some serious diseases like high blood pressure, weak immune system and premature death if you neglect your mental well being. Exercises can release chemicals like serotonin and endorphins in the brain that has the power to ease anxiety and depression. Choose a hobby and get absorbed in it. You must learn to keep yourself happy. Have a healthy diet that includes more of fruits, nuts, vegetables, fish, whole grains and healthy fats. Avoid skipping your meals and eat on a regular basis. It is very essential to maintain a sleep schedule. Lack of sleep causes stress, anxiety and depression. You must at least get a minimum seven or more hours of sleep. 

 

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Remember your brain needs to rest too. If you have trouble falling asleep, then try to relax before you go to bed, avoid taking caffeine, listening to slow music could also help or you could try some yoga postures as well. When it comes to discussing about mental health with your peers, it can be difficult. Do not shut yourself, reach out to your family and friends for support. Your social circle also plays an important role in helping you mentally. As the saying goes, stay close to people who bring out the best in you and not the stress in you.     

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