I have an anxious mind.
The only way I can really describe my mind is as being like a machine that actively likes to connect the dots, dive down the rabbit hole or find the clues (many of which aren’t actually clues at all), all in search of the worst case scenario. Google is both my best friend and my worst enemy.
I won’t give you too much detail on the extent of my anxiety at times – some of it is pretty odd – but in short, the happier and more content I am the worst the anxiety. The more time I have on my hands, the worst the anxiety. The more I succeed and the more I achieve, the more…well, you get it. I am aware that some of this is linked to a fear of losing what I have and yep, meditation and mindfulness helps. More recently though, I have found that physical exercise can actually be more effective (if you can do both you are on to a great thing).
I don’t have an anxiety disorder, however for those who do, exercise could also be helpful.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) says, ‘according to some studies, regular exercise works as well as medication for some people to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and the effects can be long lasting. One vigorous exercise session can help alleviate symptoms for hours, and a regular schedule may significantly reduce them over time.’
With the clock reset for 2017, what better time to tackle an anxious mind and incorporate fitness into your routine?
If you’re still not convinced…
Over the next two months, StyleAble will be posting information and advice on the benefits of exercise – one of them being the reduction of stress and anxiety levels. We all have our own barriers to getting fit, so we will also be posting tried and tested tips on how to overcome the most common barriers to fitness – from budget (stay posted for our #fivedaysfreefitness posts) to health (watch out for our upcoming real life stories from women who have overcome health issues to reach their fitness goals).
StyleAble wants to hear from you, so in the comment box below tell us what your fitness goals are, what might be stopping you from reaching them and what you want to hear from us…or just say hello!
If you think you might need support for anxiety visit: www.anxietyuk.org.uk