Private Alcohol Treatment Centers and The Value of Exercise
by Kristin Fisher
The journey of life enviably leads each of us through mountain paths as well as dark valleys. Personally, In my twenties, it seemed that the valley paths had gotten exceptionally low and I was in a tailspin. So, I was desperately trying to find ways to release the anxiety and stress that had become a constant in my life. Some of those releases were healthy and some were not. Then a casual friend had asked me to start walking with her several evenings a week during that time. I reluctantly agreed.
However, what I soon realized was that being outside and walking briskly put me into a new frame of mind. It eased my tension, made me feel connected to nature and allowed me to think clearer. I was sleeping better and I had more energy! Plus, my causal friend became a close confidant! I started making physical activity a regular part of my life routine even after the walks with my friend ended.
While most people know the physical benefits of exercise, what I personally discovered that was of more value at the time, was the psychological benefits for myself! So, I reconnected with the part of me that felt strong and confident and I started to put personal goals in place for myself and even signed up for a small race. Eventually, that confidence and the goal orientated behavior was something that transferred into other aspects of my life too.
As a mental health therapist, I always prescribe some kind of physical activity as a way to deal with stress and anxiety. Activity naturally releases endorphin’s, our bodies natural “feel good” chemical. Physical activity doesn’t have to be belting it out on a treadmill, but rather finding some physical outlet that you enjoy! So, it could be dancing, swimming, playing a rec sport, gardening, biking, basketball or hiking. But the key is to find what you love to do and enjoy the many physical and psychological benefits that come along with it!
Five reasons to give physical activity a try: