The thought of being single again can be scary. Do you find yourself tossing and turning at night? Are you constantly ruminating about what went wrong or what you could have done differently? Instead of beating yourself up about the past, consider making an investment in yourself, an investment like a gym membership, bike, or regular exercise routine.
Physical exercise doesn’t just get your blood flowing and your heart beating, though. Research suggests it can have positive effects on your mental health, too.
For one, it can help to boost your confidence. When a relationship ends, we tend to feel down on ourselves. To turn that feeling of self-doubt around, use your workouts to make improvements. Every week, add a few more weights to the barbell or run 5 more minutes on the treadmill. Even small achievements will boost your self-esteem.
Another benefit of exercise is that it provides a distraction. You’ve spent the last few weeks or months visiting lawyers, mediators, counselors and the list goes on. Even the strongest individuals would need a mental vacation. Participating in physical exercise allows you to focus on something else, even if it’s just for a few minutes or an hour.
Lastly, regular exercise releases endorphins. These “feel good” chemicals help your body and mind to feel good, and can provide a sense of calm and overall happiness.