The modern stressful life leads to the big number of people suffering from anxiety and depression.
However, there are various way in overcoming these conditions.
Your workout for example can have a huge role in managing your symptoms, since there is a powerful link between your mental and physical health. “The body is the mind and the mind is the body. When you take care of yourself, you are helping the whole system.”
According to research there are three particular activities that can help in alleviating depression and anxiety symptoms.
Apart from torching calories, reducing food cravings and lowering the risk for heart diseases, running can also improve your mood, and overall improve your mental health.
By just running 5 minutes a day you can feel a lot better.
In a 2006 review published in the “Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience”, researchers have found out that exercises (especially running) can have the same function as antidepressants.
Also, running can help you fall asleep at night, whereas the repetitive motions of running can act meditatively on our brain.
Hiking in the woods
According to research “There is evidence that being around plants, trees, and especially decaying trees can help reduce anxiety because these plants emit chemicals to slow down the process of their decay, which appears to slow us down as well.”
In a 2009 study, Japanese researchers sent their participants to urban areas or to mountains. It was proved that the participants who were sent to a wooded area had lower stress hormone levels than the others.
According to newer research, it’s good for our mental health to be surrounded by nature. People who go to nature walks feel less anxious.
A lot of research has been done to prove the positive effects of yoga on our mental health. Many people who practice yoga experience improvement in their depression and anxiety symptoms.
Beside the stretching and strengthening, yoga pays a lot of attention on breathing techniques which help in calming the mind.
It is believed that yoga’s focus on breathing has positive effects on mental health and in improving the symptoms of anxiety – it’s difficult to feel anxiety when you’re breathing deeply. Especially beneficial is the so called 4-7-8 breathing technique popularized by Andrew Weil.