Updated: Jul 2
Most of us, at one time or another, saw or might see a mental health professional. Typically arriving tired after a busy day at work or just anxious and frustrated about our current state of affairs. For some of us, interacting with a therapist is a productive experience, yet for most, it’s a very lengthy and expensive process which produced a limited change in the quality of our lives.
One of the main reasons for marginal results, is due to the fact that most therapists don’t spend enough time conditioning client’s state of mind prior to starting verbal interaction. There are many methods to elevate our mood such as meditation, listening to music or visualization but they are not as effective as being engaging in a physical movement.
It's a scientific fact that aerobic activity creates a positive flow of hormones, which changes body’s chemistry, and thus conditions us to be extremely open minded to hear new perspectives. Enabling us to be much more receptive to hear and realize insightful answers to questions that keep us up at night. Pure human biology in action.
If you are currently working with a mental health professional, do yourself a favor. Prior to arriving for your session, go for a brisk walk or a jog in the park, and directly from there, arrive for your appointment. This type of outdoor aerobic activity should last about 30 minutes and produce a light sweat. It will make you feel relaxed, clear your habitual thinking, making space for new perspectives.
Don’t worry about being a bit sweaty. If your therapist worth spending time and money on, s/he will welcome you being proactive. So, lace up and give it a shot. The fresh air is on me.