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Swing Your Way Toward Better Mental Health

By Brandi Swieter 

Improving mental health should always be a priority. It’s easy to let stress take over the mind and cause anxieties, but this can lead to tension and pain within the body as well. Working toward better health overall, including mental, helps to increase overall wellness. Some simple activities make it possible for people to boost their mood without much effort, and that includes swinging. Children and adults alike can enjoy the pastime.

Exercise Enhances Mood

Any form of exercise can work to enhance a person’s mood, and swinging is just that. Most people wouldn’t think of swinging as a workout, but many also haven’t given it a try since their childhood. Swinging targets the core because the activity requires balance and coordination. It also works out the legs as they are used to pump in and pump out to make the swing move. Exercising on a swing can easily enhance mood and release endorphins.

Nature Promotes Relaxation

Swinging outdoors in nature is sure to promote relaxation. Nature in general offers a relaxing feeling as people see the beauty all around them. It’s easy to feel stress-free and without burdens when seeing a beautiful view surrounding you. Being on a swing and propelling forward and flying back allows a person to experience a relaxing and calming feeling while taking in the surrounding views.

Bringing Back Childhood Memories

Many people have happy childhood memories of swinging at school or at the park. Getting back on a swing as an adult can bring those memories back to mind. Thinking about happier times is one way to improve mood and overall mental well-being. It makes people feel happy and grateful for the enjoyment they had growing up. Swinging is an easy way to develop some feel-good notions and get the mind focusing on something other than current struggles.

Swing With a Friend

People don’t have to swing alone. It’s a fun activity to do with a friend, trying to beat each other to see how high you each can go or simply swinging slowly and talking while doing so. Socializing is another way to improve mental health, so swinging is a great activity for this reason alone.

Swing your way into better mental health. Just a few minutes at a time could be all it takes to clear the thoughts and ease tension, or a person may require a bit longer to sit and think. Either way, swinging promotes a healthy and stress-free mind. It’s a fun activity anyone can try and continue often for some mental relief while also getting exercise.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Indianapolis, Ind.

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