This research paper explores the intricate relationship between physical activity, emotional regulation, and mental health in adolescents through an in-depth content analysis grounded in catharsis theory and the transactional theory of stress and coping. It underscores physical activity as the best practice for adolescents to manage emotions and mental health, identifying key themes that highlight its role in enhancing emotional regulation skills and reducing anger, anxiety, and depression. The catharsis theory suggests physical activity releases negative emotions, while the transactional theory explores how adolescents perceive and respond to stressors. Emphasizing the positive impact of physical activity on emotional regulation and mental well-being, the study advocates for integrating such programs in educational settings to provide essential coping skills. Although further research is needed, the paper concludes by synthesizing prior studies and highlighting the potential for physical activity to empower adolescents in managing stress, reducing anxiety and depression, and establishing positive coping strategies for a healthier lifestyle into adulthood.



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