Exercise and Mental Health
Exercise is essential. Total wellness requires interaction of body, mind, and spirit.
As a psychotherapist, I do a lot of my work in a chair. Using my intellect and voice.
My mind remains active but my body can waste away if I neglect it.
My daily walks is one of the exercises I do to find relief and sustain my balance or health.
Exercise serves your life’s needs.
According to Dr. Jeffrey Kottler, the benefits of exercise are many and varied, such as:
• to prolong life
• to increase self discipline
• to serve as a self medication for stress
• to improve esteem and confidence
• to make one’s more attractive
• for body cathexis
• to sleep better
• to control weight
Dr. Kottler explains that for therapists like him, there are other reasons for exercise.
“To engage in something nonverbal, to give oneself silent time in an enlightened state - time for processing the day, for calming down, for beginning or ending a day of confronting other people’s troubles.”