Anxiety and Exercise

Exercise is a great way to maintain your mental fitness.

Research has shown how exercise helps reduce fatigue, improves alertness and focus, which in turn reduces stress. When you exercise your body produces endorphins, this feel-good hormone acts like a painkiller and helps you sleep, which again will help reduce stress and anxiety.

Unfortunately, stress and anxiety are part of our lives, we all have them but deal with them in different ways. A simple 10-minute brisk walk can relieve anxiety and depression, if you can focus on your senses during your walk, listening, smelling, and feeling the environment around you, bringing you into the present moment. This may only be temporary relief, but done regularly, you may find your anxiety attacks to lessen.

Find forms of exercise you enjoy, if you prefer gentle keep fit, running or jogging, make time to do this each day. If you have not done any exercise for some time start slowly, it takes up to eight weeks to get back to into regular fitness program.

Not everyone’s anxiety will be improved by exercise, however, if you are mobile and have no other health concerns, being physically active should be encouraged. With exercise, we will start to feel better about our bodies which may help to improve your mood.

If you suffer anxiety and have mobility issues, I suggest trying to find a hobby, like drawing, painting, knitting etc. so you can focus your mind away from your anxiety and worry.

If you are still struggling to control your anxiety, meditation, or energy healing may be able to help you. Email rosemary@soul-essence.com for more information.

Check out Soul Essence and their resources page for more information on how we can help.

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