Move your body and manage your mood

by Laura Gale

Are you struggling with your mental health? Studies consistently show that exercise, either alone or in conjunction with anti-depressants, is an effective intervention in the management of depression and anxiety disorders.

Exercise reduces anxiety, depression, and negative mood by improving self esteem and brain function.  Brain fog diminishes; while learning, thinking, remembering, problem solving, decision making, and attention all improve.  Improvements in mood are thought to be attributed to increased blood flow to the brain, which influences the physiologic reactivity to stress.

Thirty minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as a brisk walk, three times a week, is thought to be sufficient for mood improvement.  Moreover, the thirty minutes do not have to be concurrent; three ten-minute walks can be just as helpful as one thirty-minute walk.

Finally, exercise is also a beneficial component in the treatment of depression to combat the weight gain than can commonly occur as a side effect of medication.

It can be, however, difficult to find motivation to exercise when your mental health is suffering.  Nutritional and herbal medicine, as well as lifestyle modification can be powerful tools to increase motivation and enhance health overall.  If this sounds like you, make an appointment to begin improving your life today.

If you’re finding yourself with a shorter than normal fuse; feeling lonely, anxious, and out of control, we’ve created a Stress Support Telehealth Consultation with Naturopath Laura which has been designed to support those of you who are suffering from stress, mood changes, anxiety, depression, insomnia and fatigue related changes that this pandemic has brought into your lives.

Naturopath Laura will help you create a plan with actionable lifestyle steps, and prescribe herbal medicines and nutritional supplements where appropriate. Call the dispensary on 03 5977 0117 or book online today.

This article is intended to be informational only and represents the opinion of the author. It is not intended to be used as medical advice and does not take the place of advice from a qualified health care practitioner in a clinical setting. Please check with your healthcare practitioner before embarking upon any of the treatments discussed.