Mental Health And Its Effects On Individual 's Stress Level, Anxiety Levels, And Self Esteem Level

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Many people in society experience some form of mental health issue in various aspects of their life at some point or another. In social settings or at home, a person can feel stressed, anxious, or even have issues with their self-esteem. In fact, “One in five American’s experienced some form of mental health issue in 2014” (Mental Health, n.d., p. 1). There are many ways to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as increase self-esteem in one’s life. For the purpose of this study, exercise is used as a form of physical activity. Engaging in physical activity is one contributor to better someone’s mental health. With that being said, the overall reason for this study is to review and describe how different variables affect individual’s stress level, anxiety level, and self-esteem level.
A program that is new to Southeastern Oklahoma State University called “Commit to Get Fit” is a challenge that was announced by the University President. This is a challenge to help individuals become aware of their well-being as well as live healthier lives. This is a program where individuals form teams and compete against others in the possibility of winning a prize and achieving a healthier body weight. Individuals are asked to walk 40,000 steps a week and exercise 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week. In this case, we are evaluating those who are participating in the “Commit to Get Fit” challenge and those who are not and their mental health factors including stress, anxiety, and

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