Physical activity and depression
Depression is a vicious circle. It makes you feel lethargic, stripping you of any motivation to step out of the house and get active. But by breaking that cycle, being active can really help in the fight against this isolating condition, especially when it also brings people in communities together.
The importance of talking about depression is highlighted on this year’s World Health Day, with the topic at the forefront of its messaging.
There are different reasons why being active can have such an effect on someone with depression. The first being more scientific, with physical activity causing a chemical change in the brain which helps to make positive changes to your mood. It can give you a purpose, help build your self-esteem and make you feel good about yourself again, especially if you find an activity you really enjoy. Something we’re really passionate about helping people with at CST.
Physical activity can also help you sleep better, feel more relaxed and relieve tension – all things that contribute to an overall more positive outlook.
One of the key messages from World Health Day is it’s ‘time to talk’ which is why the other benefits of physical activity are so important. Because when people come together to be physically active in social, community settings it builds groups that become more than just people to be active with. They become friends with a common interest that brings them together. People you can talk to about your worries and problems. And that’s one of the most powerful benefits of them all.