|Topics - Healthy Living|
|Written by Craig Elliott|
Move over, medication. These days if you are suffering from depression and anxiety, your doctor could prescribe a daily walk or a yoga class. More and more, as we study the complex interactions between the physical and the psychological aspects of help, researchers are learning that physical exercise does more than get your body in shape.
According to a researcher at the Mayo Clinic, a nationally respected health center, "increasing physical activity is a positive and active strategy to help manage depression and anxiety."
Exercise can help your mood and keep you emotionally fit in many different ways. It is believed that regular physical exercise helps regulate the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain which regulate moods. Exercise also boosts the levels of endorphins, the feel-good chemicals in your brain, which can help lift sadness and depression , and reduces levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. All of these changes can reduce anxiety, worry, sadness and other emotions associated with depression , as well as relieving muscle stress and tension that leads to pain and can worsen depression .
Exercise has many benefits to a person suffering from depression . While exercise is not a substitute for medical treatment if you are suffering from depression , it can be a part of an overall strategy to help you recover and manage your symptoms, as well as to help prevent relapses. In addition to the physical effects of exercise, there are psychological benefits to exercise that can help improve your mood and lead to a quicker and longer lasting recovery from depression . These benefits of exercise for depression include:
Among the symptoms of depression are feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. Physical exercise often leads to a sense of accomplishment that can increase good feelings about yourself when you need it most. Exercise can also help you feel better about your appearance and your self-worth. Meeting small goals is an excellent way to start boosting self-confidence with the feeling of accomplishment you take in completing challenges.
Exercise can help distract you from dwelling on the problems in your life because your mind has to focus on other things. Dwelling on your symptoms can make them worse by interfering with your ability to manage and cope with them in a healthy way, making depression more severe and long-lasting. When you exercise, your mind is shifted away from thoughts of your depression and focused instead on pleasant thoughts - your surroundings, your physical abilities, even the music that you choose to listen to when you exercise.
Interactions and Socialization
People suffering from depression often withdraw socially and isolate themselves from others. The isolation can worsen the depression . Exercise is not always a guarantee of socialization, but exerci...
|Topics - Recovery|
|Written by California Department of Mental Health|
|Topics - Relationships|
|Written by Sam Vaknin|