This week is mental health week, mental health week raises community awareness about mental health issues and is held every October. I don't have anxiety myself but I know a lot of people who suffer from it and it is something that hits VERY close to home.
According to the Black Dog Institute, research suggests just 30 minutes of vigorous movement every day may improve sleep patterns, increase energy and create a distraction from worrying or negative thoughts. This is because it’s believed to increase the brain’s serotonin levels, which aid in regulating functions like mood and sleep.
Thank you to my friend Peter for writing the below about your own personal struggles with anxiety:
I’ve been struggling with anxiety my entire life. I’ve tried everything from breathing techniques to medication.
The one thing that has helped me the most is exercise.I wish that I had started sooner, the difference in feeling of before and after doing a workout is so much better.I feel a lot more positive, and during my workout all my anxiety’s and fears melt away. I find that exercise keeps my mind sharp and gives me the ability to maintain and fight my anxiety.
One of the main differences I felt after starting my exercise was the difference in control over my racing thoughts. I feel as though I can calm myself in most situations. This is because I’ve learned how to breathe properly from the exercise.
Not only is Erin a great personal trainer but I find myself being able to be a lot more open with my anxiety and it has improved my wellbeing tenfold. Have the ability to chat with someone almost 24/7 that understands and is genuine is more than I could ever ask for.
If you’re struggling with mind or body I would suggest starting training as soon as possible as it has helped me In every aspect of my life - Peter
I encourage you to reach out and ask that question " are you okay " a little question can have such a big impact and help someone out when they are in a time of need.
If you're having a tough time you can always call Lifeline on 13 11 14. Or head to http://mentalas.saneforums.org where you can get more information and support.