Stress Relief Exercises
Exercise for Relieving Stress
may be in the form physical, mental, or spiritual
exercise - or a combination of all three, e.g. yoga. What is good
for the body is good for the mind and vice versa.
Physical exercise is one of the most effective ways of relieving
stress. Exercising the body regularly is very effective in managing
stress, on its own or as a part of a stress management plan. Getting
into better shape improves your mental health as well as your physical
When we physically exert ourselves, the body releases chemical
substances (endorphins) that are similar in nature to opiates. These
natural substances produced by our own bodies are free of side effects,
except for making us feel good.
When it comes to stress management, every little bit of exercise
counts. Don't think if you can't commit to a stringent
fitness routine that it's useless. It's not. What motivates
people to do more of something is to do little of something.
Exercises to Suit Everyone
From doing gentle stretching exercises to keeping up in a physically
demanding aerobics class, stress relief can be achieved through
a wide range of activities. Some people enjoy the solitude of walking alone. Other people need
the stimulation of interacting with others, whether walking in a
group, participating in a yoga class or other fitness class, or
playing a sport such as tennis, racquetball, etc. Interacting with
other people during exercise can provide additional stress relief.
Exercise in a Natural Environment Provides Additional
Stress Relieving Benefits
Obviously it is more relaxing
to walk along a nature trail than to walk along a busy street. Natural
surroundings trigger relaxation responses deep in the brain. Even
mentally picturing being surrounded by mountains, trees, or watching
the waves roll in at the beach can have this calming effect.
*Exposure to daylight also has positive effects on mood - another
benefit of exercising outdoors.
activity that gets your heart pumping (aerobc exercise) will get
those endorphins flowing and relieve stress. Though you should check
with your doctor before embarking on any exercise program, walking
is usually safe for anyone.
Try to get your heart going a little faster for at least 15 minutes
a day. Even a few minutes here and there of brisk walking can provide
stress relief and improve your overall health.
Though not generally as effective as aerobics for relieving stress,
many people find that getting into a strengthening exercise program
does relieve stress.
Strength exercises are also important to prevent injury during
aerobic exercise by strengthening the muscles that support your
joints. A toned body has as much impact on mental wellness as physical
exercises stimulate receptors in the nervous system that decrease
the production of stress hormones. Stretching exercises also relax
tight, tense muscles and increase blood flow to the muscles.
exercises involve the body, mind and spirit. Yoga poses improve
flexibility and strength and incorporate breathing techniques that
aid in relaxation and general wellness.
Stress relief exercises that don't involve movement but involve
both mind and body include meditation exercises and deep breathing
exercises - both have been shown to reduce blood pressure.
Self-Indulging Activities Alleviate Stress
On the days you don't exercise, do something else you find
relaxing - whether getting some massage therapy, soaking away stress
in a soothing aromatherapy bath, etc.
Your health is important. It is not selfish to spend time on yourself!
How can you have the energy to take care of others unless you
take care of your self?
Make fitness a priority. Exercise effectively relieves depression
and anxiety. Find an activity that you enjoy and feel the stress
melt away. Relieving Stress by exercise, especially aerobic exercise,
has been proven to be highly effective.