There’s very little empathy for those suffering from depression, and it’s often characterized as a phase rather than a serious mental condition. This makes it challenging for those who suffer from this condition, and who are desperately looking for a way out. Much of the time, people suffering from depression overcome it by involving themselves deeply in something they like with a passion, and relying on a few people for a support system.

The brain, like our kidneys, liver, and heart is an organ, and when it is unhealthy, it only makes sense to reach out to someone who is a trained professional. Over and above a study by The Michigan State University found that exercise can help a great deal as it can quickly elevate a depressed mood. “Physical activity has been shown to be effective in alleviating mild to moderate depression and anxiety,” Carol Janney, Assistant Professor at Michigan State University in the US, said. ” The current physical activity guidelines advise at least 30 minutes of exercise over five days a week to promote mental and physical health,” Janney added.

Stronger thighs make for a happy runner
When your brain gets a hit of adrenaline, it releases endorphins, dopamine, and norepinephrine.

The research was conducted on over 295 mental health patients who showed an interest in becoming more physically active after consulting with their therapists. The results showed that over 80 percent of the patients believed that the exercises recommended by the researchers helped them in improving their moods and anxiety in less time. The number one reason for this is that your body will automatically release feel-good endorphins in the brain after 10-20 minutes of activity.

This study was published in the General Hospital Psychiatry journal and noted the statements of more than half of the participants who claimed that their depressed mood limited their ability to undertake any form of physical activity. Janney observes that offering physical activity programs inside a mental health facility may be one of the many patient-centered approaches that can improve the mental and physical health of the patients.

An activity like running, for instance, allows you to understand your views and situation very objectively, without external factors influencing you. Obviously, this can only be beneficial when you do have a support group or a person you can talk to and allow their views to influence you. In a way, running acts as a foil for the group or personal therapy. Further, in a mental healthcare facility, psychiatrists and therapists may not have the necessary training to prescribe physical activity as part of their mental health practice, but by teaming up with certified personal trainers or other exercise programmes and fitness centers, may help in prescribing more physical activity in the clinic setting, the researchers added.

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