Physical activity has many health benefits. The question of How Does Physical Activity Affect Mental Health is fascinating but interesting to answer. If you think about your daily life and put bad habits like inactivity under scrutiny, you will get to know how upsetting they are time and time again. At times you tend to ignore the drastic effects they bring and the prevailing anxiety but they surely are a concern and needs to be tackled well.

Physical activity is a necessity for human wellbeing. The feel-good endorphins released during Physical activity increases self-esteem and reduces stress and anxiety. Even a 10 minutes brisk walk can increase your mental alertness and overall sense of energy. All these perks combine and make physical activity good for mental health.

As a student, an employee, or a family member, we are being exposed to a perpetual change in the current COVID scenario. The cause of Mental wellbeing requires an immediate adherence and response from all of us. Below is a case study of how I tackled this scenario myself.

How Physical Activity Boosted my Mental Health

For the past few months, I have been following different YouTube channels of nutritionists and fitness trainers to acknowledge their point of view about physical wellbeing.

One thing common in them is that everyone seems to come up with brilliant ideas elaborating how one can achieve fitness. All of them suggest that it is a matter of few minutes and minute changes in the diet plan, and that’s it.

Moreover, what fascinated me the most was their spirited and energetic routine. At that point, it struck me how the physical fitness of individuals helps them maintain their mental wellbeing.

Then and there, I was hell bound in educating myself a little more before exerting efforts in improving my daily routine.

Initially, I followed the trainers’ advice, who suggested a minimal endeavour of a 60-minutes’ walk is significantly a good start.

Positive changes that came with a Fitness Journey

I felt the change. Sensed the energy and enthusiasm. I was awestruck by the immense impact of such a small-scaled change in my life.

Most importantly, I felt myself getting better at managing my schedule. The change furthermore led to relief from the strain I had been facing to some extent. It was tremendous.

I felt happier about my workload. Or more like I wasn’t bothered by it; instead, I was encouraged to accomplish my tasks on time.

It was overwhelming, following a sense of wellbeing for once in the life of a couch potato.

Over time, it was endorsed as a part of my lifestyle rather than a task to check off from my daily planner. And eventually, I felt myself getting more composed and happier. This positivity instilled an opportunist outlook in me, triggering sincerity and hard work in life. It felt like that last piece of the puzzle that had to be solved.

And finally, everything started to make sense just because it was manageable.

I started to set the alarm for early in the morning, waking up, hydrating myself, and scheduling an outlook of the expected workload for the day.

I had it all worked out. Not stressing anymore. At least, not to an extent, that would harm my wellbeing.

How Physical Activity Turned Me into a Solutions-oriented Person

For starters, I responded to the stress and difficulty by firstly reminding myself to take a deep breath and focus on what is required. I was not panicking anymore.

And I believe it was because the active routine had helped me solve the hassle in my mind.

I was clear in identifying my goals and agendas for the day real quick. It was more than just planning the outlook; I was able to carry out the tasks effectively and bring swift changes to my schedule for the need of the hour.

Apart from my working schedule, I was able to reserve a few hours for myself.

And gradually, I was attaining a balance in my life. Sometimes, it is inevitable to adhere to distress, it disturbs our peaceful routine, but it is okay if the following days can compensate for the instability. One important aspect was a good health chart.

Science Behind Physical Activity And Mental Health

Scientifically speaking, Exercise promotes satisfying changes in life through neural growth, which induces peacefulness and wellbeing.

Through the release of a chemical compound named endorphins, one enjoys energy and positivity due to uplifted spirits.

Apart from being a distraction from negative self-talk, it is a hope for betterment.

The rhythm of your accelerating heartbeats and splash of calming wind when one strolls in the field brings a sense of ecstasy.

The boost of serotonin and relief from muscle cramps is requisite in starting your day off with motivation and hope.

There needs to be a focused approach to living the day up to the mark.

It is like you get a hold of yourself, and you finally understand yourself through the physical sensation that one feels during the workout.

That results in resilience, better energy, and improved self-esteem, which are productive factors in life driving motivation, hard work, and peace at heart.

Perks of Improved Physical And Mental Health

Considering the hyperventilation and stress: I used to face when exposed to change and increased workload, I think I found a gateway from my worries that used to lead towards anxiety and sometimes depression.

I believed the instability in my life stole my enthusiasm and spirit. On top of that, the social anxiety due to my introverted personality had made me fearful of conflicts.

I was utterly conflicted. But a change of mind and induced efforts turned me into a knowledgeable and mature individual. An individual who now knows how to tackle worries and stress and maintain an improved physical and mental health.

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Muneeba Ashraf

Muneeba Ashraf from Islamabad, Pakistan is a graduate in Accounting and Finance from Comsats University Islamabad. She is a creative thinker and likes to write on various topics especially Sports and Fitness.