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Sport and exercise for fighting mental illness

Experts have studied the connection between physical activity and mental illness for a long period of time. It is believed that exercise can help people fight with their mental disorders and substance addictions. The fact is that even nowadays when people have great access to information, they still put stigma on the persons who are experiencing mental disorders. The experts in treating depression recommend physical activity for the persons who are suffering from a form of mental illness. There are cases when it can be used as standalone treatment, and there are cases when it is combined with medication and therapy. Exercises help people improve their self-esteem. The people who get involved in physical activities experience low stress levels and few anxiety symptoms. Physical activity is a great strategy people can use to prevent suffering from mental issues.

Working-out reduces anxiety and depression

In schools, physical activity is promoted as a way to help children reduce anxiety and depression symptoms. The fact is that physical activity can help people of all ages improve their cognitive performance, and self-esteem. They no longer feel vulnerable, and they are open to connecting with new people. There are programs that include physical activities with the purpose to manage mental health conditions. The persons who are part of a minority state that they are using physical activity to avoid suffering from mental disorders, because they are discriminated. They join groups of people who are practicing a certain sport, and are part of their activity, because they want to benefit from emotional support. Feeling part of a group helps people improve their mental conditions. Also, sports competitions are used to break down stigma when it comes to ethnic groups.

Mental health and sport

It is important to note that professional athletes are predisposed to experiencing mental illness and substance addictions, because of the pressure they feel to perform. In this situation, not the sport is the one that triggers mental issues but the pressure the athlete feels to achieve certain goals. These situations arise when people are practicing sports at a professional level and not for recreational purposes. Athletes are highly susceptible to eating disorders, alcohol use and suicide. In case an athlete experiences mental illness, they can treat themselves only with the help of a professional. Seeking for help is the best way to improve your state, especially if you suffered an injury and you are not able to exercise any longer.