Working out benefits my mind as well as my body. Physical activity boosts my mood and lowers my stress hormones. Strengthening my body makes me more resilient. I reduce my risk of illness. I feel happier and more relaxed when I move around.
Exercise also burns calories and keeps me fit. I avoid the negative side effects that come from trying to soothe myself with activities like emotional eating or retail therapy.
I have many options for winding down and working out.
I visit the gym. I work with a trainer or sign up for group fitness classes. Socializing with others makes my routine more fun. I enjoy small talk and laughter. I share encouragement and moral support.
I practice yoga at home or a local studio. Breathing deeply and moving deliberately calms my mind and tones my body.
I spend time outdoors. Fresh air and green spaces lift my spirits and give me energy. I rent a kayak or go for a run in the park.
I play. I throw a Frisbee around in the back yard with my children, play basketball in the driveway, or walk the dog. We help each other to feel loved and connected.
I dance to my favorite music. Upbeat songs dissolve my tension. I move with less effort and enjoy happy memories.
Today, I take a positive approach to managing the stress in my life. I use physical activity to help me relax.
- How does my physical health affect my mental health?
- What is one physical activity I find relaxing?
- What are other constructive ways I can deal with stress?