Exercising and Anxiety

Engaging in physical exercise diverts your attention from the very thing you are feeling anxious about. Moving your body decreases muscle tension, reduces stress levels, helps relieve frustration and gives you a sense of achievement.   People who exercise regularly say it gives them an enormous sense of well-being and achievement.  By taking part in just 15 minutes of physical activity each day you will feel more positive and motivated.

When we exercise our body releases endorphins which are hormones that make us naturally feel good. Exercise also increases our body temperature which can have a calming effect. You are not expected to do a marathon or a gym class, but a little something every day. Maybe a walk or a cycle. These are perfect examples as they get you out of the house at the same time.

If going out is a problem for you then exercising at home is a great alternative. Running up and down the stairs or put on some music and dance away your worries.  Start slowly and build up gradually day by day.

Don’t be put off, exercise doesn’t have to be a hard session at the gym, it might be a swim, some yoga or even a bit of gardening. It always helps if you can enjoy what keeps you fit and healthy.

Give it a go and see how it helps you.

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