Monday Motivation: Your Mood and How to Improve It

Last week was full of ups and downs, but if there’s one pattern to be noticed, it’s that working out while I was down lifted my mood back up.

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According to WebMD, “Improved self-esteem is a key psychological benefit of regular physical activity. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain.”

Exercise also helps to reduce stress, boost self-esteem, and improve sleep (marginally in my case, but a little improvement is better than no improvement). If you’re suffering from a chronic illness or just feeling down about yourself, start taking a few walks each week and see how you feel. I would almost guarantee that you’ll feel a little bit better!

Remember: exercise = endorphins = happiness!

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