It’s Good for the Brain

Excerpt from my Facebook page: Dean’s Facebook Page

In my role as a psychotherapist, I highlight the merits of physical activity and physical well-being in relation to maintaining positive mental-health.  There is much research that evidences how regular exercise, healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle improve cognitive function and increase the ‘happy’ chemicals produced in the brain.

Today, I am going to begin improving my own physical well-being.  I recently joined a local gym and leisure centre and today will be my first visit.  I will be seeing a Personal Trainer for the first of three induction sessions; each one hour long.  This will be the first time I’ve worked out in a gym since 1988; that’s 30 years ago!! As you may imagine, I’m therefore a little apprehensive.  

New situations and activities can trigger a little anxiety, even in we psychotherapists!  We are regular people, too, and so we know how apprehension and anxiety feel.  The key is to just do it anyway.    Do you know that, physiologically, symptoms of anxiety are the same as symptoms of excitement? The main difference between the two is psychological; the thoughts we have.  So, change anxious thoughts to excitement thoughts and start the process of feeling more positive. This will reduce apprehension and anxiety. 

What can you do to bring more physical activity, with its many benefits to your mental health, into your life?

(C) Dean Parsons. May 2018.

 

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