February 6, 2015

Physical activity can be your own private psychology session

You’re lucky if you live in a beautiful region like Geelong as there’s plenty of open space, parklands and great facilities to get outside and exercise. Psychologists agree that exercise is one of the greatest tools we can use to ward off depression and anxiety, and other mental health conditions. At CJ Psychology, our Geelong counselling services can help you to get enthusiastic about getting out and about!

Science has proven that exercise releases chemicals in the brain, chemicals that, without you knowing it, help you to feel better. These chemicals can boost your self esteem, improve concentration and make you sleep better, among a host of other physical health benefits. From a counselling perspective, this can be of great assistance when struggling with issues such as depression and anxiety, grief, relationships and self-esteem, trauma, workplace stress and anger, to name a few.

But being active doesn’t mean you have to buy a gym membership or run several kilometres a day. It could be as simple as taking the dog for a walk, meeting friends for a walk along the beach or around the lake, or gardening. Of course you’ll receive additional benefits and coping strategies from visiting the team at CJ Psychology in Geelong or Bendigo. But by getting out and moving you are giving yourself a greater chance of feeling inner peace and happiness.

So why not get out there and get active for your mental health and remember there’s always professional help from a psychologist or counsellor available if your emotional battles become too much. Contact the friendly team at CJ Psychology to arrange an appointment or find out more about their counselling services in Geelong.