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Does Exercise Really Affect your Mental Health?

Jenna is a part-time online blogger who is currently working towards her English degree. After she graduates, she hopes to write full-time.

Does Exercise Really Affect your Mental Health?

Some people enjoy exercise, and some people straight-up hate it. Why do we hate exercise though? I mean, the health benefits from fitting in just 30 minutes every day are crazy awesome! Although some of us don't particularly enjoy it, we really should be participating in activities daily.

Without further or do let's dive deeper into what exercise really does do for our mental health!

Mood Swings Lately?

If you have any type of mental disorder you probably already know a lot of the side effects your mental disorder(s) is associated with. Side effects such as dizziness, racing thoughts, dark thoughts, mood swings, etc..

But how do we relieve these symptoms?

People who choose to relieve their symptoms in a more natural way will use methods such as aromatherapy, meditation, journaling thoughts, and yes, you guessed it. EXERCISE!

Exercise can come in handy when being stressed, when you're experiencing symptoms of a mental disorder, and even when you're menstruating!

But How!

Exercising for even 20 minutes a day is better than nothing. It can actually do a lot for you then tone your abs or make you break a sweat. You see, when a person engages in any physical activity, it stimulates your brain which causes it to release chemicals in your brain known as endorphins. We can call these "feel-good chemicals."

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When any type of "feel-good Chemical" is released in your brain it automatically reduces negative symptoms of mental disorders, stress, and makes you more relaxed.

How will the Rest of my Day go?

A few months after I began doing 20-minute workouts, I felt more energized and active. This led me to clean the kitchen, take out the trash, walk the dog, run errands. On some days when I was feeling less energetic, I would get myself up and go on a quick walk down the street which boosted my energy and I was able to have a relaxing evening.

So to answer your question, your day will look busier, you will be proactive, and are more likely to get more things done throughout the day instead of sitting around and feeling lethargic.


Exercise can be annoying, cause unnecessary back sweat, and not very fun. But in the end, it is worth it because you will see improvement in your mental health, more things will get done around the house, and you will overall have a more enjoyable life. It only takes 20 minutes a day!

Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live.

— Jim Rhon

© 2020 Jenna Collins


Jenna Collins (author) from Eureka on September 22, 2020:

I'm glad I could be of help! You deserve peace and love from your mind.

Farrah Young from Lagos, Nigeria on September 22, 2020:

This is coming at the right time to remind me I can actually have these frequent depression bouts I've been having blow over.

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