Exercise, a coping mechanism

Exercise as a coping mechanism is important. It improves your mood, increases self-esteem and self-confidence. Exercise can relax you it can also reduce anxiety and mild depression. Exercise is also good for and helps with sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, anxiety and depression.

When stress interferes with our ability to cope, exercise helps us get over stress. When our body feels better our mind will too. Exercise when used as a coping mechanism can be the difference between us learning to cope reasonably well and us not coping at all, but we must be careful. Doing too much exercise means we may become hooked.

Exercise must be done within moderation. When used as a coping mechanism it will help us get back into our lives and will help us improve physically and mentally. Exercise is vital for us be able to maintain mental fitness and reduce stress.

It can also help us reduce fatigue, improve concentration and alertness and enhance our overall cognitive function. Exercise when incorporated as part of a healthier lifestyle acts as a positive coping mechanism.


19 Jan, 2020

4 thoughts on “Exercise, a coping mechanism

  1. The benefits of regular exercise to help lift our mood are well documented. Exercise can increase self-confidence, and reduce symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety.

    It can certainly improve sleep. When I finally get over the flu, I am going to make a concerted effort to exercise more.

    1. Thanks. Yes, of course. You’re absolutely right. Where exercise helps reduce symptoms associated with mild depression, it becomes a coping mechanism and and that helps us cope with our depression, also.

      I would always advocate exercise in those circumstances, but it is important we don’t overdo it. When we come to rely on it too much, it can become addictive.

  2. Exercise has become something that I have come to enjoy doing, which is a surprise. I have had to overcome many obstacles, like being extremely paranoid about people watching me do things, and being extremely self conscious.

    My parents made me neurotic about pretty much everything, seeing as they were always watching me and criticising pretty much everything I did. They both had extreme mental health issues that they never really addressed and put us through hell in the process.

    I’m hoping and praying that exercise will help me work through many issues to become a healthy and productive member of society once again.

    1. Thanks Randy. Being ‘paranoid about people watching me do things.’ You could have written this response for me.

      I used to have my father stand behind me watching me walk telling me to pick my foot up and stop dragging my leg.

      I’ve had the same problems for years. Although I have got better at walking in front of people, people watching me did manifest itself in problems around my handwriting, although I already had an issue without realising.

      It sounds as though you’re doing well with it Randy. Yes, exercise helps us lose weight, as a coping mechanism it can help us cope reasonably well as long as we do it within moderation.

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