Hello loves, ❤

I am not going to lie, over the past week my mental health has been all over the place – I understand that my blog is about being at a HAPPY PLACE & things you can do to improve your mental state of mind. HOWEVER… I am human & I can’t always be happy.

Sometimes I have down days too, sometimes even down weeks. Sometimes I am so anxious that I cannot focus at work all day & just go home + go to sleep.

I must admit, going to the gym DOES boost my mood & make me feel better ❤

I’ve pushed myself this week & attended the gym Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday (It is now Thursday morning here in Sydney, Australia). I drove myself there after work, even though I didn’t want to be there & I worked out afterwards… I FELT GREAT. I walk in feeling ‘ehh’ & I walk out feeling GREAAAAAT!

Many studies show that people who exercise regularly benefit with a positive boost in mood and lower rates of depression.

Improved self-esteem is a key psychological benefit of regular physical activity. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphin’s. These endorphin’s interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain.

Endorphin’s also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric.” That feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.

Endorphins act as analgesics, which means they diminish the perception of pain. They also act as sedatives. They are manufactured in your brain, spinal cord, and many other parts of your body and are released in response to brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. The neuron receptors endorphin’s bind to are the same ones that bind some pain medicines. However, unlike with morphine, the activation of these receptors by the body’s endorphin’s does not lead to addiction or dependence.

Regular exercise has been proven to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Ward off anxiety and feelings of depression
  • Boost self-esteem
  • Improve sleep

Just remember that if you are having an off day or even off week, it is okay, it is normal, you are human, these things happen.

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

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28 Comments

  1. Good on you for sharing the other side of things. The gym is what helped me overcome a difficult (mental/emotional) situation many years ago & I’m now a fitness instructor, so you could say it worked. Haha! It’s amazing! Enjoy your new gym routine 😀 x

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  2. The Lord has been allowing me more opportunities to walk my bridge upon the mountains! It has felt so therapeutic, and allows me time to think of you and praying for you and many of our WordPress family! I pray things have gotten less stressful for you! I’ll still be praying for you! Me and God love you, Miss Lovely! ❤

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  3. Most days I exercise, and I can’t think of a day in a in the last several months that I’ve felt unhappy, even when things have gone sideways. Exercise, as you said, is awesome that way. I use other things as well, like fresh water , fresh air, good food, plenty of sleep, temperance, and trust. Not everyday can be awesome, but we can generally live life on the up side.

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  4. I totally know the feeling! I have been having off weeks too, lately. Sometimes, even if we don’t feel like it, we have to push yourself out the door and go exercise. Almost everytime, you feel better than before going AND even better than if you didn’t go at all! It does help!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words ❤
      Sometimes I get real harsh on my self when I feel this way but I know for a fact I just need to remind myself that I am human & its okay to have an off day or week, you just need to pick yourself up. ❤

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