The term misery loves company beckons to be true when it comes to anxiety. Being in a state of worry or a flight or fight response becomes overbearing at times to the point some even accept it as part of themselves and daily life.
However, rather than paying for a therapist, popping pharmaceutical pills, or sitting in a buddhist posture I found something more sublime.
That is to simply EXERCISE.
Where Anxiety Comes From
We tend to believe that anxiety is in the mind due to the constant racing thoughts, but it tends to be rooted within the body.
Those who experience anxiety bypass how their body feels and directly get lost in the track of thoughts coming and going. This becomes a natural habit of holding on to fear rather than allowing the emotion to go on naturally throughout our body.
When an emotion (energy in motion) gets trapped into one area of the body it creates tension. And like the movement of emotion itself throughout the body, one way to combat this is with physical movement.
How Exercise Helps
Physical exercise allows emotion within the body to return to its natural cycle of traveling throughout the body without being stored up.
If this occurs for too long it can lead to severe mood swings, feeling lethargic, and even disease if not cared for.
This is why yoga, tai chi, or any form of aerobic exercise benefits well with psychological health.
With a similar approach, a study was conducted to analyze the benefit of strength training for individuals who suffer through anxiety and depression.
What was found was regardless of your age, sex, sets, reps, or form of exercise done, including resistance training in your regular routine is found to alleviate depressional symptoms.
“Exercise increases blood flow to the brain, which can lead to new brain cells and better connections between brain cells. In addition, exercise releases endorphins, which boost your mood,” according to JoAnn V Pinkerton, MD.
Find a form of exercise you enjoy doing and stick with it.
This is in my opinion the best alternative to get out of your head and into your body without the use of external substances and is low of cost.
Resisting to analyze and attack on pent up emotions will only do more harm than good.
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