2. Exercise is a proven coping strategy for stress
Research has proven a positive association between physical exercise and stress. When done right, it has the ability to relieve stress. This is achieved through the enhanced production of serotonin and endorphins. These are neurotransmitters that positively affect mood. Serotonin uplifts the mood and reduces signs of anxiety. Endorphins behave like natural opiates and lower any pain symptoms. They are thus referred to as natural analgesics.
Exercise is good for you anytime, not just when you’re stressed! Studies show that exercise can have anti-anxiety effects. Aerobic activity can decrease tension, stabilize mood, and improve sleep. In addition, it is excellent for improving cognitive ability because it reduces fatigue and increases concentration and alertness.
What to do: Run, play sports, lift weights, or do 100 jumping jacks in the middle of your bedroom. Whatever you do, just do enough to get your heart pumping and get sweaty. Just put aside all the stressful things in your life and focus on your health.
- Have a program
- Start slowly
- Be consistent
- Have a mentor
- May need a physical therapist to work with you initially to establish a routine and safe ways of exercising.
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