Benefits of Exercise On The Brain
Written by Harleen Toor and Harleena (family councillors)
- Release of Endorphins
- Introducing foods that benefit your mental health
- Mental health is an issue which can be overlooked by many due to the lack of its physical evidence.
People usually fail to spot the symptoms and affects of this on ones life because it may not be as apparent. It may also be disregarded in certain cultures or communities due to the lack of belief in it. However, it is very important to get the right help needed to improve one’s lifestyle.
Mental health may look different in each individual, you can feel sleepless/sleep too much, not eat enough/overeat, being distant from others, not enjoying your regular activities. This can be very overwhelming and take over your life. One should consult their doctor and get referred to a Counsellor or a psychologist for a further evaluation If you feel like you see any signs. Counseling is a great way to help yourself process through these emotions and understand your feelings and what may be causing these issues. Working out is another great method to help one improve their lifestyle.
Exercise is a form of self care which can help many battle the symptoms of mental health. It can help reduce the level of stress, negative thoughts and feelings and can also improve ones body image and self esteem. This can be a great start for someone who feels low and lacks the motivation to move around and work on them selves. This can further result in increased self satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment for taking care of one self.
Your body produces a chemical called endorphins to help relieve stress and pain. The release of endorphins may also result in a boost of pleasure. These chemicals can be released through exercise. So if you’re feeling low or having a bad day, this can be a great way to boost your energy and mood. This can also help in other aspects of your life, such as motivation, memory and mood.
To boost mental health, focus on eating fruits and vegetables along with foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as fish and salmon. Nuts, seeds, legumes beans and lentils are also excellent brain foods