Whether you are experiencing high anxious energy and need a way to release it, or experiencing low energy due to depressive symptoms, exercise can help.
Exercise and Anxiety
Anxiety is very common. There is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s a human response to a real or perceived threat and it’s trying to keep you safe. With anxiety symptoms such as racing heart and feeling restless, frequent anxiety can make you feel as though you have a lot of pent up energy that needs to be released. Fortunately, there are many coping skills that can help reduce anxiety and create more peace of mind. One of the first steps to take is to recognize anxiety-causing situations and common anxiety triggers. This can help you better understand what brings on anxiety and how to manage it in the future. Another way to combat anxiety is regular exercise. Daily exercise provides you with mood enhancing endorphins that can help you feel great and get that anxious energy out of your body. This does not mean that you have to participate in high intensity exercises everyday to see results. Something as simple as a brisk 20-30 minute walk a day is enough to see a difference in your anxiety.