In this article:
- Moving our bodies can influence our emotions.
- Different types of movement can help alleviate feelings of sadness or anxiety.
- In this short video, a Providence Swedish behavioral health expert explains a little bit of the science behind how moving our muscles can help change our thoughts.
Most of us have been in the place where we've felt so tired or down that we don't want to move. We feel weighted by our emotions and without the energy to go anywhere or do anything. During those times, our mind is having an impact on our bodies. One way we can help alleviate difficult feelings or challenging emotions is through movement.
"There's a connection between your brain and your body that's a two-way street," explains Kelsey Smith, MBA, LICSW, senior director of care management and behavioral health at Providence Swedish. "Changing your movement can change your brain, and health is our greatest wealth, so let's start moving."
In this short video, Kelsey explains how different kinds of movement affect our nervous system and why physical activity is essential to our mental health and well-being.
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