Friday, 19 August 2011

Depression and Exercise

Isn’t it strange that exercise and depression have been so neglected? It is almost like the Cinderella of any depression treatment regime. It is arguably the best natural depression remedy there is. All the research out there shows very clearly that moving and getting the heart beat up, can actually release the feel good endorphins so the effect is immediate. It may not cure us completely of depression but it is going to have so many benefits that we are bound to improve overall.

By taking regular exercise you can control the amount of adrenaline in your body. Adrenaline is also important in helping you stay in a good mood. Get out in the Sun – By getting your self out into the sunlight a few minutes a day it can help you to beat the depression. Sleep properly – Always try to get the correct amount of sleep per night. Sleep can help to refresh your brain and give you more energy. Lack of sleep makes you lethargic and can make trivial matters ten times worse.

Let us look at all the benefits. First we get distracted which is great for taking our mind off ourselves and thinking of something else, for a change. That leads in turn to an increase of self control and self esteem. The fact that we are not moping, drinking or smoking and sinking deeper into depression is so important. That is why this is the best natural depression remedy, in my opinion.

Doing something is being active, rather than passive. It can be as little as a ten minute walk around the block or some simple gardening tasks, or just boring housework. Achieving something is important and also the social contacts we make when doing outdoor activities can also help to lift our mood. If we are on antidepressants, it may well be that the side effects are troubling us and could also lead to more lethargy. Then it is very difficult to get enough motivation.

Often, wars, natural calamities, sexual and physical abuse builds up uneasiness and trepidation which add up to increases the intensity of anxiety. This kind of disorder is also called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. What can be done to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety? Well, regardless of the cause, there ARE things that can be done to help bring relief to the painful symptoms of anxiety and the more advanced anxiety disorder. Remember, that you and your symptoms are unique. How can uniqueness be treated with a prescription? You do not come out of a bottle and neither can your cure. Since the problem so often lies in our lifestyle, our thought patterns and our reactions to our circumstances, then it just stands to reason that they hold the key to your relief as well.

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