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Did You Know Exercise Can Ease Anxiety?

Do you suffer from anxiety? Sweaty palms, scattered mind, elevated heart rate, short of breath, full of panic and not centered?

Sometimes you can trace the trigger and know exactly where the anxiety is coming from, other times you just wake up and feel worried. You may be going through a stressful time in your life or perhaps its hormonal imbalance or connected to a depressive episode.

Regardless, being in a state of anxiety, is not a happy place to be.

There are a few key things you can do to try and reduce stress and anxiety, and one of my favorites is exercise.

  • Exercise releases, endorphins commonly referred to as happy hormones. By simply going for a walk, bike ride or a workout, will get you moving and releasing those feel good endorphins.

  • Exercise can also bring awareness to your breath, practicing yoga, will actually encourage you to slow down your heart rate and take deep breaths. Regulating your breath can reduce heart rate and calm anxiety.

  • Exercise can also take you into a meditative state. If you are focused on your moves and concentrating on your form, you can slow down the other anxious thoughts that may be trying to take over.

  • Exercise can be physically tiring. This feeling of exhaustion can encourage you to get to bed earlier. Getting a good night sleep will really help with your physical and mental well-being. Try getting 8 hours per night.

  • Exercise, is a wonderful form of self-care. By making time for yourself, you will feel like you have achieved something just for you. This will increase positive thought. Trying to control your thoughts, can assist in trying to control your anxiety.

If you find these tips helpful please share, and if you or someone you know if suffering from anxiety, make sure you have a great support system that may include mental health professionals .

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