If you are one of the people struggling to cope with the demons of anxiety and depression, keep in mind that exercising can help you manage some of your symptoms, as there is a clearly powerful link between our body and mind. Although exercise of any kind is encouraged, research shows that there are three activities which are more likely to help you alleviate your symptoms:
- Running: it is a well-known fact that running is one of the best exercises for you – it torches calories, reduces craving for food, minimizes the risk of cardiovascular disease, and so on. But it is also been shown to improve your mood in multiple ways, by increasing the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine in your body. Plus, the fact that the motions are repetitive, induces a meditative state on the brain. Researchers proved that exercise can work in the same way as antidepressants for patients suffering from depression, alleviating the disorder and helping the development of recent neurons in the brain.
- Hiking in the woods: nature is bound to have a calming impact on the mind, and there is clear evidence that being around greenery can help reduce anxiety. A 2009 study conducted by some Japanese researchers sent groups either to a wooded or urban area, to which they found that the people who took a walk in the woods had lower stress hormone levels compared to those who had been walking in a town.
- Yoga: all participants of a 2007 study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, were asked to take yoga classes, after which they experienced reductions in depression, anger, anxiety, and neurotic symptoms. After this, yoga has been recommended as a complementary strategy to depression. Furthermore, results of yoga on panic and anxiety show a significant reduction of stress and anxiety. Yoga is focused a lot on breathing, which helps your mind decelerate and calm down.