Combat stress with exercise
Exercise is a great way to relieve stress, but if it’s not enough, you can always seek the help of an Austin psychiatrist. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)
Exercise is one of the best ways to fight stress and manage any anxiety you may have. While it may seem like adding exercise to your already busy routine is impossible, think of it as a way to get time to yourself. Viewing exercise as a time consuming burden will set you up for failure. Even if you aren't exercising for weight loss, it's a great way to keep your body and your mind healthy. If you find that exercise isn't enough, you can always talk to an Austin psychiatrist and make a plan to help manage your stress.
Exercise truly is good for your emotional life. Dr. Divyansu Patel of Patel Psychiatry Consultants in Austin says, "When a person does any kind of exercise, the brain releases endorphins which help alleviate mental and physical pain. It is a natural mood elevator and helps to make stress manageable." Try many forms of exercise to find the one you enjoy most. This way, you can avoid getting bored with the same routine. Many activities are particularly well-known for releasing endorphins, including going for a run or a long hike, playing tennis or swimming laps. Exercise doesn't have to be a huge time commitment. According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America, a 10-minute walk is just as good as a 45 minute workout at reducing stress and anxiety.
If you want a more relaxing exercise, you could always try yoga or tai chi. These exercises effectively reduce stress and promote happiness and relaxation. Yoga and tai chi are not high-impact exercises; in fact, they're the complete opposite. These programs focus on stretching and breathing techniques to calm you and bring you to an almost meditative state. There are many classes for yoga and tai chi, and you can even purchase instructional DVDs to try in the comfort of your own home.
Exercise offers many benefits to your health. You can lose weight and become more confident, reduce your health risks and reduce stress. While it may be difficult at first to fit it into your routine, the outcome and the changes in your body and mind make it worth it, and encourage you to keep going.