Reduce Anxiety with Exercise

Relationship problems and divorce are a major cause of stress, anxiety, and depression. If not dealt with they can lead to other health problems and affect your mental and physical health.

It is estimated that over 17 percent of the U.S. population has an anxiety disorder that requires some form of treatment. In the olden days, you may be prescribed medication to deal with your anxiety, but evidence may suggest that regular exercise reduces anxiety. Anxiety often becomes too much when life gets overwhelming, and the demands exceed a person’s ability to cope. A person may begin to worry too much, have self-doubt and apprehension affecting their day-to-day life.

“I’d have terrible sleeping problems. There were times I’d wake up wired in the middle of the night. I had trouble concentrating, even reading the newspaper or a novel. Sometimes I’d feel a little lightheaded. My heart would race or pound. And that would make me worry more. I always imagined things were worse than they were. When I got a stomachache, I’d think it was an ulcer.”

Common Symptoms of Anxiety

  • Worry
  • Tension
  • Fearfulness
  • Self-doubt
  • Chest Tightness
  • Pounding Heart

Many studies have been conducted on the relationship between exercise and anxiety, and the results showed that exercise was significantly related to the reduction of anxiety. However, this advice is not to replace that of your doctor.

Looking and feeling good are important to your self-esteem and exercise is a self-esteem booster. So before you let your worry, fear, and self-doubt get out of control, take the time to get physically active, tell yourself how great you are and check out natural options for managing anxiety.