Understanding Your Psychological Well-Being and How Regular Exercise Can Help
Strong men take care of their psychological well-being. Here’s why you should take care of your body and mind through exercise.
In a world that tells you masculinity equals unshakeable toughness, practice self-care for your psychological well-being. Doing this will cascade improvements to different aspects of your life, including work and relationships. In recent years, interest in the concept has increased thanks to popular media. But how much are you really doing to make sure you’re okay?
The Encyclopedia of Geropsychology defines psychological well-being as the “inter- and intraindividual levels of positive functioning.” This includes how you relate with others, your sense of self, and your personal growth.
Positive psychological well-being influences your choices and satisfaction in life. Based on studies by the UK Mental Health Foundation (MHF), physical activity is good for the body. But you already knew that, didn’t you? However, did you know that it’s also good for your psychological health?
What is Physical Activity?
First things first: let’s set our expectations. You don’t have to get into team sports to be mentally well. Even the most basic physical activity counts. Think chores such as cleaning the house, carrying groceries, and taking the trash out . If you want something more recreational, try walking, hiking, or biking. On the other hand, if you crave structure, go to the gym and lift weights. If you want something more social, try badminton, Zumba, or even online yoga classes.
Ideally, adults should exercise for 30 to 35 minutes, three to five days a week. This won’t just make you look better, it will make you feel good, too. Staying active is the key to psychological well-being. Here’s why:
Exercise boosts mood.
Physical activity has a positive effect on our mood. A study published in the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology found that participants were more content, awake, and calmer after exercise. Moreover, the study found that it is most effective in boosting mood when someone is feeling down or anxious.
Exercise reduces stress.
The MHF cites that regular exercise can be very effective in relieving stress. Active people have lower stress levels and exhibit fewer symptoms of stress than less active ones. These symptoms include poor sleeping habits, excessive sweating, increased heart rate, and loss of appetite.
Exercise improves self-esteem.
Self-esteem is how we perceive our own worth. In a 2014 book called Physical Activity and Mental Health, researchers share that exercise has a positive impact on self-worth. Furthermore, individuals who led active lifestyles felt more capable of handling stress.
Support your physical efforts with good personal hygiene. Right after exercising, shampoo your hair with CLEAR Deep Cleanse Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for Men. This effectively removes dirt and oil from the scalp to keep you dandruff- and stress-free.
Next, wash your face with POND'S Men Energy Charge Brightening + Anti-Dullness Facial Foam. Coffee bean extracts and cooling menthol boosts haggard skin. Plus, it cleanses your pores of sweat to prevent breakouts.
Finally, after showering, apply Rexona Men Invisible Dry Black & White Antiperspirant Deodorant Roll-On. This gives you 48 hours of protection from sweat and odor, so you have to confidence to do more.
Improve your psychological well-being with regular exercise. Start embracing an active lifestyle to keep your body strong and your mind stronger.