This is a guest post written by Hannah Whittenly
Mental clarity helps people filter reality, which affects how you feel about life. This means mental health is important, and a survey shows that 9 of out 10 Americans consider mental health just as important as physical health. Still, this issue affects many people, and you might need help, so the following are just four types of exercises that may prove helpful.
Yoga for Anxiety
One of the most common mental health issues that people face today is anxiety. This is an elevated response to stress, but it is one that the body cannot withstand. On a physiological level, all your senses are on edge, and the stress stimulates a neurological response that pushes you over the edge.
People experience different levels of anxiety, and they can be overwhelming, but one exercise may help. Yoga seems to modulate the body’s response to stress by doing things like increasing the heart’s rate variability that should improve the body’s response to stress.
Jump for Stress
There is no doubt that many have been hit by the stress bug at some point. No one can tell how it will affect a person, but there is no doubt that it will. Yes, stress is natural, and it even has its benefits. For one, cortisol (a stress hormone) helps the body prepare for injury by making sure it’s ready to clog up any wound. Stress also gives a person additional strength and energy.
A problem arises when you stress out often, which creates an excess amount of cortisol in the body that can lead to issues like insomnia or heart problems. There is one solution though, which is to simply skip using a jump rope. This task helps you focus on one activity that helps alleviate the stress you are feeling about another issue.
Swimming for Depression
Depression is another affliction that affects many people. This issue could be linked to several issues, such as prolonged discontentment, trauma, or other forms of stress that end up changing a person’s perspective. There is a way around this issue, and all you need is access to a swim spa.
Yes, swimming helps reduce depression by helping the body release ANP, which is a stress-reducing hormone associated with depression. The exercise also helps release endorphins, which should make a person feel good. It should also be noted that swimming helps you practice deep breathing that has been known to help put you in a meditative state, which should alleviate depression and help you relax.
Biking for Bi-Polar Disorder
Bipolar is a form of manic depression, and it is quite common. It forces a person to switch between different moods without a trigger. In essence, there is an imbalance in the mind that is not easy to control. This may seem impossible to deal with, but there are things that you can do such as more aerobic exercises.
One type of exercise that seems to be helpful for those dealing with bipolar issues is bicycling. All you have to do is ride a bike for at least 30 minutes each day. It seems that this has a normalizing effect on the brain that should help reduce bipolar switches throughout the day.
Of course, there is no way that these exercises can cure you of what you are going through. It is important to talk to your health care specialist to find out if you need additional help beyond these exercises. Still, there is no doubt that these four suggestions may produce positive results in your life, so you should give them a try.