With it being Mental Health Awareness week this week we felt this post was worthy of being re-posted…
It’s normally a frowned-on subject to talk about, but here goes….
There, we’ve said it.
A word that gets thrown around in some circles but normally is only discussed in quiet whispers, in dark corners through fear of saying out loud brings some kind of monster to life.
That it might make it real.
It is real.
Let’s look at some facts here, mind.org reports that 1 in 4 people experience anxiety, overwhelming stress and/or depression each year with 1 in 6 experiencing this weekly.
If you’re out while you’re reading this just pause for a minute and have a look around at all the people around you. With these statistics how many does that mean are suffering?
Maybe in silence.
Maybe you’re one of them.
There are many ways to tackle this and talk about and they go far beyond our scope of practice here. All we will say on this part is that if you do find you’re suffering then talk to someone, your doctor or an organisation specialising in help and support. There’s nothing to be ashamed about with this.
What we will briefly cover here is the benefits of exercise on helping to deal with stress, depression and anxiety.
It has long been accepted that exercise is good for everyone in day to day life. However, this is especially true for people suffering with these – or any other stress related diseases.
How does it help though?
Well these are a few of the benefits;
Exercise releases Endorphins – these are natural brain chemicals that can enhance a sense of well-being and ‘feel good’ (let’s be honest here, suffering from stress and depression or not, everyone could do with this!)
Keeps your mind busy with something productive – it can sound silly initially, but it can be a great pattern interrupter to help break the current cycle and for a new perspective to start to be formed
Gain confidence – this can be a big one for a lot of people, but the feeling of confidence in what you can achieve through hitting new targets, achieving more and feeling better about yourself can have a massive impact how you feel in general life.
Social interaction – it can be easy to hide away and detach yourself from the world when you’re feeling like just putting on that mask is effort. Exercise classes are a great way to overcome this because you get to be around people who are all pushing themselves to achieve more, yet at the same time there’s no pressure for you to be anything other than you.
Healthy coping – it’s doing something positive to manage depression, stress or anxiety in a healthy strategy. Too many people turn to drink, drugs and gambling to try and deal with these symptoms which end up just worsening them. Whereas a healthy balance of exercise into life can be a positive way to deal with it.
So, to sum it up. Don’t suffer alone, there are far more people going through this than you may realise and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Talk to someone about it and if you feel that you would benefit from getting some exercise in as part of your coping strategy then feel free to talk to us about trying out one of our classes.