No man or woman is free from stress. It is something you cannot totally eliminate in your life. Everybody is faced daily with stressors either physical, mental or emotional, including sexual. It may be positive or negative, and if you haven’t been used to fighting it off, the sudden increase in your heartbeat and blood pressure may break your heart; then you collapse or die.
It may seem like there’s nothing you can do about it. The responsibilities won’t stop coming and you think that your time is very limited to do what you want to do in order to escape from the hustle and bustle of life. Stress is no good and there are like a ton of studies indicate that stress has a terrible effect to your well-being. But you’re not reading this article to know the harmful consequences of stress. Cheer up and get inspired by reading up on these amazing ways that exercise can benefit mental health and lead to a happier life overall.
How exercise reduces stress?
Of course exercise will do wonders for your figure, reenergize you, makes you feel good and most importantly, helps you get rid of the stress. When stress attacks the mind, the rest of the body is affected too. By doing physical activities such as exercise or a hobby that requires bodily movement, your brain produces endorphins that act as a natural painkiller, helping you to stay calm, which in turn alleviates stress.
Exercise also develops your ability to use oxygen, which has a direct effect on your brain. The repetitive motions require you to pay attention on your body, rather than your mind. By that, you can generate a sense of optimism while help your body to gain the energy it needs.
Even light exertion will do your brain and the rest of the body a lot of good. According to a study of 40,000 women, light to moderate activity like walking, jogging or stretching is enough to lower the risk of heart attack, high blood pressure and stress in women. Risk was cut in almost half with moderate exercise but did not fall further with more vigorous exercise. This suggests real benefits for women from light workout – even from one hour of walking per week–and offers encouragement for those who don’t exercise regularly. Still, experts recommend that you eventually move up to doing 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week for maximum health benefits.
While exercise is one of the most essential ways to combat stress, you can employ all these 10 steps to enjoy a stress-free living;
1. Stick to a healthy diet and eat stress-busting superfoods like green leafy vegetables, fermented foods, animal-based omega-3 fats, berries, dark chocolate and avocado.
2. Do fun activities you’ve never done before.
3. Get enough sleep.
4. A conversation, especially positive, meaningful interaction, helps reduce stress and loneliness, thus creates higher productivity.
5. Get organized and get in the habit of working your way down your priorities.
6. Consider taking natural supplements prescribed by your doctor.
7. Think positive and write down what you’re grateful for.
8. Spend more quality time with your loved ones.
9. Learn to say no, especially to the things that are causing you stress.
10. Positive touch and sex may help lower stress.
No matter how stressful you are, know that you’re always in control of your life and all you have to do is take charge of your thoughts and your lifestyle.