Exercise is one of the best stress busters around. Getting in an intense workout to release tension and get those feel-good endorphins pumping through your body is a great way to relieve stress and anxiety.
If the idea of working out makes you cringe, I encourage you to give it a good try. Once you see how much a good workout can help to relieve stress, you’ll be far more motivated to make it an ongoing habit.
Exercising With a Chronic Illness
If you live with a chronic illness or disability, typical workout routines may not be accessible to you. But you can still reap the benefits of gentle exercise. I highly recommend Sleepy Santosha for gentle exercises that you can do in your bed, a chair or couch that won’t tax your system and you’ll reap the same stress relieving benefits as a regular workout.
Go for a Walk
If you’re just starting out, put on a pair of sneakers and just go for a walk. Walking is a simple workout that’s accessible to most people. It’s low impact and you don’t need a lot of fancy equipment or special training to do it. Just get out there and do it. It can be as easy or as challenging as you want it to be.
If you’re just starting out, and not in very good shape, just take a stroll around the block each night after dinner. After a few weeks you’ll be up to longer walks, picking up the pace, or tackling a small hill.
Hit the Gym to Relieve Stress
As time goes on, you’ll want to bump things up a bit if you can. It doesn’t matter if you work out at home or use a local gym. You simply want to be able to get a short and intense workout in somewhere. If neither of those are an option, buy a couple of dumbbells, grab a milk crate and figure out a workout routine that you can do at home in a pinch.
Whenever you feel especially stressed, make sure you get a good workout in that day. You can head to the company gym on your lunch break or stop at your local one on the way home. After an intense workout and a shower, you’ll feel brand new. And by the time you get home, the stress will have melted away and you’re ready for a relaxed evening with your family and a good night sleep.
The combination of endorphins and getting more sleep that has an amazing effect when it comes to relieving stress. I’m sure you know that everything seems a lot worse than it really is is when you are tired and haven’t slept well.
After a good workout and especially if you make it a regular habit, you’ll sleep better and deeper. This will help to avoid the afternoon slump and of course the added stress. Not only that, but you’ll get more done throughout the day. Your productivity will increase with adequate rest.
Exercise also works to distract you from your problems. When all your attention and concentration is focused on making it through the next set, you don’t have time to dwell on what’s stressing you out. Plus, all that exercise will tone your body and help you to look and feel better. With all of that going on, you’ll get a boost in confidence that also helps you get over much of what’s stressing you out. Sometimes it’s just about changing your attitude.
Give exercising a try for a few days and then turn those days into weeks and months. Exercising may never become your favorite thing to do, but keep at it. It’s a tool you can use to relieve stress and feel better. That alone should be enough motivation to get it done.