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Tips for Using Exercise to Reduce Anxiety

Stress manifests in many ways, sometimes even sneaking up on us in ways we don’t recognize. Left unchecked, stress has the potential to damage relationships, impact our health and our sense of wellbeing, and potentially even result in lost productivity at work, and marital woes at home. Fortunately, self-care measures can help decrease stress and allow you to live a happier, healthier life. It all starts with exercise!

With that in mind, Intrinsic Training provides a detailed road map for those looking to start on their physical wellness journey.

Benefits of Exercise

When you exercise, your body releases stress-reducing hormones. According to Very Well Mind, physical activity can also help you relax, which in turn, improves your outlook, your perception, and your energy levels. Exercise doesn’t even have to include hitting the weight machines, you can also get a good workout doing something enjoyable, like dancing, playing a sport, swimming, or biking. If you have underlying health conditions, consult your primary care provider before undertaking a brand new exercise regime.

Eat Well

According to Healthline, what we put into our bodies impacts the way we look and feel. If you’re stressed and you eat a lot of junk, you’ll feel even more tired and rundown. Take care of yourself by preparing fresh, healthy meals made from whole grains, fresh produce, and lean meats and legumes. Of course, you don’t have to give up all of the foods you love – occasional treats are another form of selfcare! Pair eating well with plenty of water to stay hydrated, but keep an eye on over-consumption of caffeine or alcohol, both of which can impact your mood.

Get Good Rest

When you’re running at full speed in your personal and professional life, there’s a tendency to cut corners on yourself, often by giving up restorative sleep. It’s absolutely critical to your mental and physical health and well-being that you are adequately rested. Use light-blocking drapes in your bedroom, keep it cool, and avoid electronics use at night. If you’re sensitive to your surroundings, use a fan or white noise machine to block out ambient sounds. Institute regular wake and sleep times to keep you on track.

Make Time to Relax

Start scheduling time for yourself on your calendar. Even small increments of non-negotiable “you time” can help reduce anxiety and allow you to recharge. Consider yoga, meditation, listening to music, or participating in a favorite hobby. Taking this time for yourself might mean saying no to outside requests, which isn’t a bad thing. Learning how to prioritize yourself and pass on non-essential or unwanted social requests can free up a lot of time, and significantly reduce your stressors.

Narrow the Focus of Stress

If you’re employing self-care measures and still feel off, take an inventory of what’s eating at you. Money is a big stressor for many people, but finding ways to cut costs and live within a budget can relieve the tension. If you have equity in your home, consider a refinance with a cash-out option. This lets you pay down high-interest debt and have a reduced interest rate, which means a lower monthly payment. Finding other ways to cut back can allow you to build up your emergency fund, and even save and plan a relaxing getaway.

Self-care is something we often overlook, but over the long term, stress can build up and negatively impact your health. Employ the resources that work best for you and take time to show yourself some self-love. Your mind and your body will thank you!

Intrinsic Training offers a wide range of fitness training options. Stop in to meet the team or reach out for more information.

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