The Three Best Types Of Exercise For A Healthy Mind | Confident Me A&E

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How time has flown! We're reaching the end of #ConfidenceMeAandE but before we go we have a few more articles to share, and this week's comes from the lovely Kelly Bee. A Mascot for healthy living and self-growth, Kelly bee shares stories on motivation, martial arts, mental health and a whole wealth of articles healthy lifestyles and positive thinking.

This week Kelly joins a wonderful community of supportive and forward thinking bloggers sharing her thoughts on the best exercise to keep not just a health body but more importantly a healthy mind....



I have struggled with my mental health my whole life, from massive social anxiety to depression, I’ve experienced a world of emotions. I’ve taken a number of steps to help overcome my struggles but one of the biggest factors has been fitness.


Exercise helps me in more ways than just the feel good hormones it releases. It’s changed my relationship with my body, transformed negative self-talk into words of encouragement and given me a focus. 

So I wanted to come over here and share some of my favourite types of exercise to stay healthy not just physically but mentally.


Running



They don’t call it a runners high for nothing, running boosts your mood and clears your mind. The rhythm of your feet on the pavement and keeping your eyes focused ahead has a mindful feel to it. 

Concentrating on your breathing and making yourself put one foot in front of the other even after you feel like you can’t go any further, helps build resilience. For me its a reminder in bad times that if I just keep pushing I will get back to where I want to be. 

Its something I can do by myself when I’m struggling with social interaction or just want to be alone.

I love setting goals for myself to run that bit further or that bit faster, the sense of achievement I feel after a run, the appreciation I have for my body and mind. It’s priceless.



Boxing



There is nothing that helps relieve stress like hitting the pads, taking out frustrations or the stress of the day on something feels good, we can't deny that. Blasting up a good sweat and pushing your limits physically gets the blood pumping and the endorphins flowing. 

Not only that but taking up boxing has improved my self confidence massively, finding I can do drills that I didn’t think myself capable of and the changes in my body physically have contributed to better self-esteem and a stronger sense of self. 


I’ve transformed the negative self talk by learning to give myself encouragement in the same way my training partner does during a burn out. “Come on, you can do it, nearly there.” 


Incorporating self defence into that also gives me less anxiety in my day to life by helping me feel confident and capable. 


Yoga



I’m not going to lie when I do yoga it looks nothing like the Instagram worthy poses you see online, I can’t even reach my toes but then I am just a beginner. What I get from Yoga is a sense of peace, breathing and centring my focus when my mind is chaotic. 


Anxiety can sometimes feel like everything is going very fast, your mind races and your pulse quickens. The breathing alone taken from Yoga can help to manage this.

I try to incorporate yoga practice into my morning routine to help prepare for the day ahead using videos on Youtube. 

When I feel like I need to take a moment during the day I will think about my breathing and remember the morning practice. 

It’s also a great way to wind down at the end of a day and clear a busy mind for sleep. 

I hope you’ve found it helpful to read about how exercise can help with anxiety and reduce stress. I’d love to hear what exercise you do for a healthy mind and body in the comments below.


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