How Exercise Can Help Manage Anxiety
The last thing you probably feel like doing when suffering from anxiety is working out, but you will be surprised at how much it will help you calm down.
It has been scientifically proven that physical exercise uses up excess adrenaline in people who experience anxiety this in turn reduces anxious thoughts.
Exercise is also known to alter the activity of certain chemicals in the brain. So how exactly should you use exercise to calm you down? Follow the tips below for exercising with anxiety:
Tailor your training time to you: Take a look around to find what works for you best whether that be a Zumba class or a road run. As some will get a high from a social rub in a group or attending a class, while for others that high might come from solitary time swimming laps.
Exercise intensity is individual: You may find that a high intensity spinning session acts as a huge mood booster, but there is also a huge appreciation for low intensity workouts such as Yoga and Pilates which will add in mindfulness helping to settle your anxiety.
Baby steps: Baby steps are the best. Diving head first into a high intensity routine may not be your best bet when it comes to sustaining your exercise routine. Not only do you run the risk of injury and fatigue but you could be striving for overly ambitious goals which could possibly lead to disappointment.
Know your food: At the end of the day it all comes down to balance and more balance when it comes down to nutrition and your nerves. It is very important that if you suffer from anxiety you need to have a healthy diet and eat regularly. If you are an anxious person try cut down on the caffeine, skipping meals and glugging coffee will set your nerves right on edge and without a doubt will worsen your panic attacks and anxiety. Therefore by all means have the odd treat, but as a general rule, remember to stick to good quality protein, fruit and veg.
Making sure you are as fit and healthy as possible will not only leave your feeling mentally energised but will do your physical body the world of good.
Let us know your tips on tackling anxiety rubies. x