You probably already know that exercising is an amazing way to keep physically fit,
manage your weight, improve your cardiovascular health, and give you energy. But the
benefits of moving your body go far beyond physical. There are also many mental and
emotional benefits of regular exercise, including helping with your mental health. This
article will explore how exercising can help with anxiety and panic attacks.
– The Relationship Between Anxiety and Activity
Though the connection is not entirely understood, a clear link exists between physical
activity and a decrease in the likelihood of anxiety and its co-morbidities, including
depression and panic attacks. These effects occur biologically, psychologically, and
– Biological Benefits
Physical exertion releases endorphins, chemicals in the brain that function as natural
painkillers. Not only do endorphins stimulate positive feelings, they also improve sleep.
Sleep, in turn, reduces stress and improves anxiety. Endorphins aside, exercise
energizes the body, leaving you feeling good both during and after the activity. Better
mood, better sleep, and better feelings reduce the physiological and psychological
symptoms of anxiety.
– Psychological Benefits
Anxiety can be all-consuming, and it is this overwhelming sense of worry or dread that
leads to panic attacks. Engaging in physical activity that you find both challenging and
enjoyable distracts you from obsessive, harmful thinking. Your mind rests, in a sense,
while your body works. It is important to find an activity that does present a challenge
and an activity you’re interested in participating for the greatest benefits in this regard.
Halfhearted participation in exercise that feels more a chore than a fun activity is not
helpful, and it may lead to further stress and anxiety. This activity does not need to be
hardcore exercise; a game of soccer with friends, a swim in the pool, gardening, or a
simple walk will do the job. It’s all about getting your heart pumping and your mind off
– Emotional Benefits
Giving yourself the goal of more physical activity and following through with it will leave
you feeling accomplished. Pursuing and maintaining a healthier lifestyle, too, will grow
your confidence. Self-contentment and confidence is incredibly beneficial in keeping
anxiety at bay, since most anxiety is rooted in inner conflict.
– Getting, and Remaining, Motivated
The most difficult part about increasing your physical activity to reduce anxiety and the
likelihood of panic attacks is getting started. It can feel impossible for an overburdened
mind to find the time and energy to decide upon and pursue change, but it is not.
A professional can help you develop a plan to get started on and stick to a new regimen of
activity. The most important thing is to find activities you enjoy that you can, and want
to fit in to your life and schedule. As a supplement to psychotherapy and psychiatric
care, physical activity is immensely beneficial in improving your mood.
See you soon,
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Love exercising but now I love it even more
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Glad to know that. Keep the good work 👍😉
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Keep going MrsPerfectco!
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