Posted on Oct 27, 2017
There are a variety of methods that has been shown to be effective in managing depression and anxiety. Among them, psychotherapy or counseling sessions has been shown to be particularly helpful in developing new skills in managing these emotions, and to work through personal issues that a person feels “stuck” with. There are also medications that can be helpful in alleviating these feelings, and can be prescribed with a trip to a psychiatrist.
However, do you know that exercise can be helpful in managing these feelings?
The primary reason why physical exercise is helpful in making us feel better is because when we do it, endorphins are released into our bodies. These natural feel-good chemicals improve our sense of well-being, and make us feel happy. Have you heard of the “runner’s high”? Yes, long-distance runners enjoy this feeling of well-being!
Runner's High: Feels good, man! (source)
When we are feeling depressed or anxious, we also tend to spend a lot of time being caught up in negative thoughts and excessive worries. One of the ways to manage that is to fill your time with other more beneficial activities, such as exercise. When you exercise, you are focusing on exerting that physical strength, which then allows you some time off from those buggy thoughts. Getting caught up in bad thoughts? Give your mind a rest, go and exercise.
Lastly, exercising is an activity that you can use to cope in your day-to-day life. People who are caught up in negative feelings may want to find ways to cope, and may resort to more self-damaging ways. By introducing exercise in your daily routine, significant time and effort is used for something positive instead. You use your time wisely, and tire yourself by doing something that is beneficial. The result? Looking and feeling good!
Feeling down? Try incorporating daily exercise. Go out for a brisk walk or a jog and smell the fresh air. It’s free and it will make you feel good.