Anyone who has ever suffered from depression knows just how debilitating it can be. From damaging your personal relationships to making it difficult to perform well at work, depression can affect every aspect of your life.
With anxiety and depression estimated to affect up to one in five people in the UK, it’s no surprise that a lot of research has been done into curing and treating the condition.
According to the majority of the studies carried out, one of the best ways to ease depression is to exercise. But just how does exercise affect depression and can it really help to improve your mental health?
Releasing ‘happy’ chemicals
As most of us know, when we exercise, our bodies release chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in our brains, reducing our perception of pain and triggering a positive feeling that’s similar to effect of morphine.
Exercise can also help to boost the serotonin levels in the brain, with many medical professionals attributing an imbalance in serotonin levels to changes in mood that lead to depression. The boost in serotonin increases our feelings of well being and helping to boost our mood.
Taking an active role in recovery
Another reason that exercise can help to ease depression is that sufferers feel better about themselves when they take an active role in their own recovery.
Strapping on the trainers, hitting the gym or joining an exercise class is a positive step, and many people experiencing depression will find that it helps them to feel like they are more in control of their lives.
Improving general health
Improving your overall health is a great way to boost your mood, improve your energy levels and make you feel better all round.
Don’t forget, being active on a regular basis can help to control your weight, prevent a range of lifestyle related illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease and help to improve muscle tone.
Combining exercise and hypnotherapy
Used on its own, exercise has been show to ease the symptoms of depression in around 60% of people. A good way to boost your chances of success even further is to combine exercise with other treatments like hypnotherapy.
As the exercise helps to rebalance your body, hypnotherapy can help to rebalance your mind, putting you in a more positive space and giving you the mental tools you need to cope with life and all the challenges it throws up viagra prix en pharmacie paris.
People who use exercise in conjunction with hypnotherapy will often find that their depression is less likely to return and that, if it does, they are more able to recognise its symptoms and get themselves better.
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