Exercise To Treat Anxiety
Updated: Sep 13, 2019
Exercise is one of the best ways that you can help your anxiety naturally, without pills and other medications. Exercise is the “cure all” for just about everything. The reason exercise works so well is that it releases endorphin's to the brain and gives your mind a boost of serotonin. This is the same way that many SSRIs work. Not only that, but exercise puts you in control of your body and is a proactive approach in treating your health.
While we cannot control everything that happens in our lives, we do have control when it comes to our bodies, and we can exercise. Exercise, the wonder cure, helps alleviate anxiety by working out the stress you are feeling as well as raising endorphin's that send messages to your brain. What can be better than that?
Cardiovascular exercises, including running, jogging, stair climbing and even elliptical workouts can be performed first thing in the morning. Whatever you can do to get the old ticker working will do just fine. This will not only help you mentally, but physically as well. It will burn off calories and keep your heart in good shape. Cardiovascular exercises are stimulating so shouldn’t be performed before you go to bed as it may cause difficulty falling asleep.
Prior to going to bed, try to incorporate some Pilates or even some Yoga exercises. These are stretching exercises with deep breathing that will relax you as well as keep you in good shape. You can be relaxed and feel ready for a good night’s sleep when you are practicing these exercises at night. You do not have to attend Yoga classes to learn the moves and you do not have to contort your body into all sorts of impossible shapes. The main thing is that you learn how to stretch and relax.
By exercising to treat anxiety and depression, you not only boost your mood and relax your body, you give yourself something to concentrate on, instead of concentrating on yourself. An exercise routine will take away the troubles that you have in your mind and give you something else on which to focus.