Regular exercise can have a positive impact on your mental health by reducing the anxiety and depression caused by PTSD.
Exercise is a powerful tool in the fight of anxiety and depression for several reasons. It promotes many changes in the brain, including neural growth, reduced inflammation, and new activity patterns that provide feelings of calm and well-being. It also boosts physical and mental energy, relieves tension and stress, and enhances well-being through the release of endorphins. Exercise can also serve as a much needed distraction, allowing you to find some time to break out of the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression. In addition it also:
- Helps you sleep better so you rest fully at night and feel more energised during the day.
- Gives you a sense of accomplishment as your fitness improves and you start achieving your goals.
- Exercise is usually a shared activity with others so you get the added benefits of social connection.
Before starting any exercise program, you should first consult your doctor to ensure that you do it safely. Your doctor may also be able to help you identify the best exercises given your goals, age, weight, or other possible physical health problems.
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