Updated: Jan 23
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.
In my humble opinion, the reason for marginal results, is due to the fact that most of the counselors neglect to condition / elevate client’s state of mind, prior to starting the verbal interaction.
You see, it's a scientific fact that aerobic activity creates a positive flow of hormones, which 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.
And yes, we can alter our mood by others methods such as meditation, listening to music, forcing ourselves to think positive thoughts, but they are not as effective as engaging in a physical movement outdoors.
If you are currently working with a mental health professional, do yourself a favor. Prior to arriving for a session, go for a brisk walk or a jog in the park, and directly from there, arrive for your meeting. This type of outdoor aerobic activity should last about 30 minutes and produce a light sweat. It will make you feel invigorated, relaxed, elevate your state of mind and therefore make your session extremely effective.
Don’t worry about being a bit sweaty. If your coach or 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.
Hope it helps and please provide feedback.