Most of us know that exercise is beneficial in terms of physical health, but it can also improve happiness and reduce mental illness. Regular exercise reduces stress and can alleviate depression and anxiety – apart from the physiological effect of releasing feel-good endorphins, doing something positive is a healthy way to manage these conditions; particularly if the alternative is brooding on how bad you feel, or escaping into alcohol, drugs or the black hole of mind-numbing video games, on-line gambling, or internet porn.
Know someone who tends to use one of these negative coping strategies? Don’t just leave them to it – pester them until they agree to go swimming, to the gym, to play tennis or even just to go for a walk. You’ll be helping them far more than you or they realise.