To Manage Depression At Home, Include More Exercise
Children are supposed to get at least one hour of physical exercise every day, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Highly recommended is aerobic activity for as much of the exercise as possible. Strength training activities are also recommended a few days a week. Research is foundational to the CDC’s prescription. Studies have found that exercise in children reduces the symptoms of depression, can stave off the development of depression in adulthood, and more. Additionally, exercise outdoors has an added benefit. Nature, connecting to nature, and spending time outdoors has also been connected to alleviating the symptoms of depression, increasing body image satisfaction, and enhancing overall wellness. As a family, part of your recovery program at home should include regular outside activities. From taking a neighborhood walk to a day of mountain biking or hiking, getting the heart pumping under the sun is imperative to recovery.
Though depression has not been linked to being physically inactive, meaning lack of physical activity is not causation for depression, it has been linked to hormone imbalance. Endorphins, along with other important chemicals in the brain and body like dopamine and serotonin, are released during exercise. Therefore, incorporating physical activity into recovery is important to maintain a healthy hormonal balance.
The outdoors are full of possibilities for family adventure. Health and wellness, as well as physical exercise, are essential components for a successful recovery program. Addiction affects an adolescent’s entire being, mind, body, and spirit. To create the foundation for lifelong recovery, each area of healing must be involved.
Settled among the beautiful rolling hills of North Mississippi, Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center is located among acres of property including a beautiful lake. Our patients are encouraged to create a loving relationship with nature which fosters their connection to God and themselves. Within our unique continuum of care, we include adventure and nature therapy, equine therapy, and experiential learning activities outdoors. Diet and nutrition, along with a regular exercise program supplement the intense clinical work being done within the safety of our treatment center’s walls. Together, with family and a therapy team involved, we can create the foundation for change in our adolescent’s lives.
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