As a person considering reaching out to a psychologist for help, consider combining psychotherapy with regular exercise. Exercise can be fun (personally, I am a great fan of the emotional benefits of tango and salsa dancing). Your exercise program can be intense or moderate. It can be indoors or outdoors, and it can be tailored to your needs and lifestyle. Combining psychotherapy with exercise for emotional balance can be the combination that makes an important difference in your life.
You probably have, anecdotally, experienced the effects of exercise on your own mood. Have you ever felt better after going for a brisk walk or run after a stressful day? You are not alone. With time, evidence accumulates about the connection between exercise and mental health.
The link between exercise and mood is pretty strong… Usually within five minutes after moderate exercise you get a mood-enhancement effect.
–Quoted in Monitor on Psychology / The American Psychological Association.
Michael Otto, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Boston University.
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Long term effects of exercise for emotional health
For many people, the benefits of physical activity extend beyond short-term relief. There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating that exercise can also help alleviate long-term depression.
Exercise is just one aspect of lifestyle changes that can contribute to your emotional health. Often, the range of these activities is described as The Eight Dimensions of Wellness.
Wellness means overall well-being. It includes the mental, emotional, physical, occupational, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of a person’s life. Incorporating aspects of the Eight Dimensions of Wellness, such as choosing healthy foods, forming strong relationships, and exercising often, into everyday habits can help people live longer and improve quality of life. The Eight Dimensions of Wellness may also help people better manage their condition and experience recovery.
–From the SAMHSA Wellness Initiative website.
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