4 Ways 2Build Mental Strength by Physical Activity

Archie Lee
Archie Lee is a diverse author who strives for personal excellence through a commitment to volunteerism in his community, helping it to achieve its full ethnic, health, political and social potential. Archie Lee graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a commission in the U.S. Army. An active member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity since 2006, he also earned a Masters Degree in Management in 2009. Archie Lee is a strong advocate in social psychology. As a relationship expert and youth counselor, he loves social interaction and identifying character traits with people in general, primarily studying human social interaction.

Nov 22,2016

Breathing, stretching, and more to boost your attitude and focus.

The ancient Greeks recognized the connection between the mind and the body. It’s taken a long time for Western medicine to adopt this notion, yet science continues to prove—over and over again—that there’s a strong link between our physical health and our mental health.

If you’re feeling down and you don’t know why, or if you’re worried about your financial situation, “positive thinking“ might not be the solution. Sometimes, the best treatment involves doing something different with your body, not just your mind.

If you’re struggling with psychological distress, there are many ways to treat the problem. Here are four simple ways you can use your body to heal your mind:

  1. Walk to reduce depression.

Multiple studies show physical activity can be an effective treatment for mental health problems—and you don’t have to do intense cardio to reap the benefits. Studies (link is external) show that 200 minutes of walking per week (less than 30 minutes per day) greatly reduces depression and improves quality of life. In fact, some studies show walking can be just as effective as taking an antidepressant.

But it’s not only people with depression who can experience the mental health benefits of walking. Taking regular walks boosts emotional health for people who aren’t depressed as well.

  1. Smile to decrease physical pain.

Researchers have discovered there’s some truth behind the old saying, “Grin and bear it.” If you’re in pain, smiling can help you feel the discomfort less intensely. Frowning, on the other hand, can intensify your pain.

Studies (link is external) show how smiling influences your physical state: A smile can decrease your heart rate during a stressful activity, even if you don’t feel happy. So the next time you’re about to undergo a painful procedure, think about your “happy place,” or a funny joke, and it might not hurt as much.

  1. Take deep breaths to improve attention span.

A few minutes of deep breathing can improve your concentration, and counting those breaths can be especially beneficial if you’re a heavy multitasker. 

Studies (link is external) show that people who multitask have trouble taking tests and performing activities that require sustained concentration. Taking a few deep breaths can provide an immediate boost in focus, which can improve performance.

  1. Lift weights to combat anxiety.

About 15 percent of the population reports frequent bouts of anxiety, which can typically last for 15 to 30 days per month with symptoms including nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worry. Without intervention, anxiety can lead to poor sleep, aches and pains, poor health, and physical limitations.

Studies (link is external) show that weightlifting is a meaningful intervention for anxiety. Perhaps the best news is that you don’t have to do high-intensity weight lifting to reap the benefits. Studies show that moderate-intensity resistance training is more effective at reducing anxiety than high-intensity resistance training.

Build Mental Muscle

Building mental strength isn’t just about changing the way you think. Sometimes, a few simple changes to your physical routine can be instrumental in training your brain and healing your mind.


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