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The benefits of exercising for your mental health

when you have dealt with mental health issues for a long time, you stop recognizing the signs of your struggles.

Many still carry the shame of dealing with mental health issues but let me say that there is nothing you should be ashamed of it doesn’t make you any less of a human.


We have so many resources we just have to use them.  One of the easiest and free medicines we have and is underutilized is EXERCISING.


As someone that deals with mental health issues, exercise is what keeps me above water.  Exercising is my medicine.  It gives me the mental clarity I need, and it always makes me feel great after.


When you exercise, you release endorphins, which help you feel good.  And after feeling great a couple of times, you show up for yourself because you have recognized the feeling of well-being.


Exercising is such a great way to distract yourself from negative thoughts that feed your depression.  When you find yourself in a dark place is hard to pick yourself up, but forcing yourself to get out of it will be the best thing you do for your health.


You don’t have to commit to a rigorous routine as long as you move daily and avoid relapsing.   You will have up and down days, but I can attest that your low days will be way less.


Extra benefits to adding an exercising routine to your lifestyle:

  • You sleep better
  • You feel more energized
  • Helps you boost your confidence
  • Helps you clear your mind


Sometimes when you have dealt with mental health issues for a long time, you stop recognizing the signs of your struggles.


Here are some signs you can look out for:

  • You feel exhausted all the time
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Feeling pain
  • You feel overwhelmed
  • Think negative about yourself


I know thinking about exercising can feel overwhelming or too exhausting to do, and taking the first step is easier said than done.  But find someone that can keep you accountable and can motivate you.  Having someone around helps keep you company.


The hardest part is making the first step, and when you do, you will realize how much it’s benefiting you.


Suffering from mental health issues is not easy, and it takes a lot to incorporate physical activity into your lifestyle, but it has so many benefits to your health.  Just remember to take it day by day and push yourself to move a little every day.


If you are suffering from suicidal thoughts, reach out to someone National Suicide prevention lifeline is available 24 hours 800- 273-8255.

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Benny Gallo

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Helping women build a healthy relationship with food by identifying emotional eating habits & triggers to create long-term lifestyle changes.

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