Many people take food as a stress reliever. Even though the food is known to relief stress, but it’s not really healthy. Stress eating can make you eat a lot at the same time and that will not result in good things for your body. I strongly believe in the motto ‘Let exercise be your stress reliever, not food’. I have been there and it did not end well! Since that time I started to focus more on exercising whenever I felt stressed or depressed and I noticed that it helps a lot.
Exercise is considered to be very important for maintaining your mental fitness and it can surely reduce stress. Many studies show that exercising on regular basis helps in improving alertness and concentration. This can prove to be very helpful when stress has washed away all your energy and ability to concentrate on things.
Your brain has many nerve connections with your entire body. So, when stress affects your brain, your whole body gets impacted as well. In the same manner, when your body feels better, so will your mind. When you go for a run or exercise in any other way, it enhances the ability of your body to use oxygen and even affects your blood flow in a positive manner. Both these things directly impact your brain. The ‘serious’ scientific explanation for exercise relieving stress is that your brain basically has these neurotransmitters called endorphins. They are the ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitters in your brain that are responsible for you feeling happy and excited after exercising.
Doing a physical activity also helps in taking your mind off things. There is no better way for you to distract yourself than doing a run or spending some time doing yoga. The exercise involves repetitive motions which allow you to focus on your body rather than your mind. You are focusing on a single task and that will give you a sense of optimism and energy. This focus even helps in giving you a chance to enjoy clarity and calmness.
I have to admit, I immediately noticed an improvement in my mood when I exercised the first time while feeling stressed. Even when I am not stressed but just want to lighten up my mood, I go for a quick workout and it helps me achieve that. And you know what? Exercising regularly promotes healthy eating.
Take it from someone who has been in both worlds; exercising is a far better way to relieve stress than food. So, next time you are feeling stressed, make sure to get into your workout clothes and do some exercise rather than munching on a big bag of chips or a large tub of ice cream.