Research is continuously showing how exercise improves emotional wellbeing. Working out promotes feel-good chemicals called endorphins in the brain that improve your mood and make you more relaxed! Physical activity has shown to reduce anxiety and depressed mood, enhances self-esteem, boost energy and even increase brainpower!
Find something you can reasonably commit to at the start. Is it likely you will run 10 miles a day 5 times a week? Unless your Clark Kent, probably not. So find something specific and achievable to begin with.
Go for a walk, try some yoga at home using a youtube video, or go try a new work out class with a friend.
Remember, as always, consult with your doctor before starting any new exercise routine.
Its no secret that meditation has taken off in mainstream culture over the last few years. But its more than just a cool new trend! Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Islamic and Christian traditions have long understood the value of contemplative mindfulness, and in todays age the neuroscience is catching up!
We now understand that meditating actually helps changes your brain and with it, the way your body responds stress!
MRI scans have shown that consistent mindfulness practice appears to reduce the brains fight flight response in the amygdala. This primal region of the brain is associated with fear and emotion and is the primary region involved in the initiation of the body’s response to stress. As the amygdala shrinks, the pre-frontal cortex – the brain region associated with higher order functions such as awareness, concentration and decision-making – becomes thicker!
As a result of meditative practice, our stress responses gets weaker, while the connections between areas associated with attention and concentration get stronger! Pretty cool huh?
This is why Meditation works wonders on symptoms of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.