We live in a fast paced world. Our days are filled with activities including work, meetings, doctor appointments, our children’s extra-curricular activities, and much more. All of this busyness leaves us feeling stressed. We’re so busy that when it comes to working out we view exercise as another stressor because it’s one more thing that we have to fit in to our schedules. The solution is to change how we view exercise and it’s importance in how we manage our stress.
Exercise not only increases your overall health, but also directly helps reduce stress.
– Exercise causes a release of endorphins. Endorphins’s are the “feel good” transmitters in the brain.
– Exercise works similarly to meditation. After a hard effort at the gym, you’ll often find that you have forgotten about the day’s tensions while focusing on your body’s movement.
– Exercise improves your mood. Regular exercise improves your self-image, helps you to relax, lowers symptoms of depression, and promotes better sleep.
So please, don’t think of exercise as just one more thing on your to-do list. Find an activity you enjoy and make it part of your regular routine. Soon exercise will become an integral part of your approach to dealing with stress.