I know I say this all the time, but I have to emphasize on it once again – depression is a serious health condition.
People with anxiety problems and depression are not acting up or just faking it or whatever. They are in pain inside too and they need love, care, and understanding.
If you are suffering from anxiety or depression, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Also, according to new studies, exercise can be of great help to manage symptoms.
Here are 3 exercises that can fight anxiety and depression.
There’s a reason you’ve heard time and again that running is one of the best exercises for your health: It can torch calories, reduce food cravings, and lower your risk for heart disease. Running for just five minutes a day might even help you live longer, according to 2014 research.
But it’s also been shown to improve mood in a variety of ways, Michaelis says. “Running causes lasting changes in our ‘feel good’ neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine, both during and after exercise,” he explains. What’s more: The repetitive motions of running appear to have a meditative effect on the brain.
The mental benefits can be especially powerful for people who suffer from depression. In a 2006 review published in the Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, researchers found evidence that exercise can work in a similar way to antidepressants, alleviating major depressive disorder by promoting the growth of new neurons in the brain.
Also good: Running may make it easier for you to fall asleep at night, says Michaelis, which benefits your overall mental health by improving memory, lowering stress levels, and protecting against depression.