I have been waking up feeling stressed. Each morning I would wake up and the first feeling of the day wasn’t one of excitement but as if someone had punched me in my gut!
Obviously that feeling carried over into the rest of my day and affected everything from my mood to my interactions with loved ones.
I was starting to panic because about the same time last year I had similar feelings that ended up in a hysterical crying fit in a public bathroom, thinking “if anyone gave me anxiety meds right now, I would take them!”
Clearly I had to figure it out.
Well, can I be honest? I have not been working out. I made all sorts of excuses that I’ll go into in another post and on http://www.facebook.com/melanievbyrnecoach. But this weekend I thought “Alright Melanie. You HAVE to work out this week and see how you feel.”
This morning I dragged myself into the garage because I was scared. I was so scared to have a full blown anxiety attack, that I made myself put on my workout clothes and pushed play.
And you know what?! I already feel so much better!
I thought you might like some background info on how exercise can help relieve stress (article source: Mayo Clinic).
Please comment or share if exercise has helped you deal with stress and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions on how to get started. I’m here for you!
Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress
Exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries.
You know that exercise does your body good, but you’re too busy and stressed to fit it into your routine. Hold on a second — there’s good news when it comes to exercise and stress.
Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever. If you’re not an athlete or even if you’re out of shape, you can still make a little exercise go a long way toward stress management. Discover the connection between exercise and stress relief — and why exercise should be part of your stress management plan.
Exercise and stress relief
Exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being, which puts more pep in your step every day. But exercise also has some direct stress-busting benefits.
- It pumps up your endorphins. Physical activity helps bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. Although this function is often referred to as a runner’s high, a rousing game of tennis or a nature hike also can contribute to this same feeling.
- It’s meditation in motion. After a fast-paced game of racquetball or several laps in the pool, you’ll often find that you’ve forgotten the day’s irritations and concentrated only on your body’s movements.As you begin to regularly shed your daily tensions through movement and physical activity, you may find that this focus on a single task, and the resulting energy and optimism, can help you remain calm and clear in everything you do.
- It improves your mood. Regular exercise can increase self-confidence, it can relax you, and it can lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety. Exercise can also improve your sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety. All of these exercise benefits can ease your stress levels and give you a sense of command over your body and your life.