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How To Stop Stress In Its Tracks

It’s no secret that things are pretty stressful right now.  Nothing is exactly the way that it seems it should be.  So, I just want to give you a quick reminder of one of the BEST ways to relieve stress and feel like yourself again!

GET MOVING

Exercise is like a miracle when it comes to stress. It does all these things…

  • Regulates stress hormones
  • Releases endorphins (feel-good chemicals!)
  • Releases brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF for brain health)
  • Improves hippocampal function (an area of the brain related to post-traumatic stress)
  • Decreases inflammation (a mechanism that can affect mood)
  • Regulates neurotransmitters (like the reward chemical, dopamine)

Basically, exercise is like a mental and emotional detox. You just can’t help feeling better after a good run or brisk walk or even working up a sweat in front of an online exercise class. 

Even if your gym is closed, or you’re choosing not to go, I encourage you to find whatever ways you can to be active every day.  You’ll feel less stress, less anxiety, and renewed energy to take on whatever the day brings.

Reference

Kandola A, Vancampfort D, Herring M et al. Moving to Beat Anxiety: Epidemiology and Therapeutic Issues with Physical Activity for Anxiety. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2018; 20: 63. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30043270/

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