Wellness means so many things to so many different people.
To me, wellness means ‘reduced noise’, i.e. the brain flutter than I often find myself in when stressed. I often compare this to a shaken up snow globe.
Exercise and movement, settle the blizzard in that snow globe.
– Exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol
– It also stimulates the production of endorphins – the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators
– Exercise is play. When your body is busy, your mind will be distracted from the worries of daily life and will be free to think creatively
There are so many more benefits to exercise, but the aim of this point is to touch on how we can use exercise as a tool not only for happiness, but for relaxation. We are often so overstimulated, that looking out for tools to reduce that stimulation, are so important for our mental health.
I looked for a picture of a snow globe, and found this photo taken from The Hubble Space Telescope in 2017 of a blizzard of stars, which resembles a swirling snowstorm in a snow globe. The stars are residents of the globular star cluster Messier 79, located 41,000 light-years from Earth.
Sun-like stars appear yellow. The reddish stars represent the final stages of a star’s life. The bright blue stars have exhausted their hydrogen fuel and are now fusing helium in their cores. Faint blue stragglers are young, hot stars. What a lovely representation of what makes us stressed! The old, the new, the tired, the blue.
If you’d like to learn more about reducing the noise through a connection with exercise, Vetfit are here to help, with a practical and applicable practice wellbeing programme, launching in January. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.