Moving for Mental Health
Participating in regular movement has proven benefits for both our minds and bodies.
When you think of movement you may imagine hours of intense working out at the gym, but movement can take a number of forms. All types of movement are beneficial for our bodies and minds. Movement can be a coping mechanism for those of all abilities. It can help us feel stronger and more connected to our bodies, help relieve stress, and give us a break from stressors.
To help you develop a plan for movement that is fun and something you are more likely to do, consider these questions from the University of Colorado.
Do you prefer to exercise alone or with other people?
Do you prefer indoor activities, outdoor activities or both?
What is your current fitness level?
How do you want to feel afterward (e.g. calm, energized, etc.)?
There are so many ways to move your body. It’s important to remember to start where you’re at and with what is comfortable for you. Going for a walk outside, stretching, or yoga are all low-impact activities that offer benefits to your health and mind.
Disclaimer: These links are purely for educational purposes and are not intended as psychological interventions or as a substitute for psychological treatment. If you are in need of psychological help you should seek the consultation of a licensed mental health professional. If this is a mental health emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.