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Exercise is one activity that many people turn towards to help work through mental health struggles and addiction. Exercise can help you focus on something besides whatever is bothering you, face strong, negative emotions, and spend your newfound free time doing something good for yourself.

For some of us, having an activity to turn to on challenging days can have a tremendous impact on recovery. If you are thinking of adding exercise to your treatment plan or long-term recovery goals, you may find that you experience many benefits.

Higher Self-Esteem

Exercise can positively impact your self-esteem. Exercise can give you the ability to set goals for yourself and work towards achieving those goals.

You may choose to focus on general health, weight loss, or skill development. You may decide to train for a race or join a sports club or team. Trying out new activities like exercise can be very beneficial and eye-opening.

As you begin to work towards your exercise and fitness goals and achieve those goals, your self-esteem will grow.

Better Sleep

Some people find that exercise helps them to sleep better. Because sleep is so intrinsically connected to mental health, learning how to experience better sleep is essential.

For some people, however, insomnia is a problem. If you have insomnia, try out different types of exercise and see what helps you to sleep. You may also experiment with exercising at different times of the day. Maybe you will benefit from evening exercise, while other people benefit more from morning exercise.

Higher Energy

Do you find yourself struggling with low energy or wanting to get more things accomplished during the day? Many mental health disorders affect your mood, what you want to do throughout the day, your energy, and your desire to participate in certain activities. Exercise may boost your energy and may be helpful for you to work through challenging feelings.

Mental health issues and addiction struggles can consume lives. You may find yourself struggling to complete daily activities and maintain relationships. Exercise can be an activity, in addition to seeking professional help, that can help you work through challenging emotions and situations. Exercise can lift energy levels, boost self-esteem, improve sleep, and encourage goal-setting. Here at The Guest House, we understand that knowing where to start to face mental health challenges and addiction is hard. We are here to help you better understand what you are experiencing and learn the specific tools and skills you would benefit from the most. Call us today at (855) 483-7800