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Walk (or Run) Away from Stress

stressandoverwork.jpgIf you’re feeling under pressure then its easy to say you don’t have time for exercise but even a brief walk or run in the fresh air will help clear your head and mean you get more done overall.

A slightly longer exercise session where you put in a bit of effort releases endorphins – those feel-good brain chemicals that make you feel wonderful and is an even better stress-reliever.

Any exercise with a rhythmic pace such as running, walking or swimming can be quite meditative in itself – especially if you do it alone and let your thoughts go wherever they want. If your thoughts are in turmoil however, calm yourself by focusing on your movements and your breathing.

Far from tiring you out or being a time-killer, exercise can mentally and spiritually rejuvenate you so much, you definitely don’t want to miss out.

And a crisis point, the very time when we tend to shun exercise the most – is the time when we most need it.

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2 Responses to “Walk (or Run) Away from Stress”

  1. Ian Kuro on March 24th, 2008

    Nothing better than exercising to release stress. I likes to exercise and hit the gym at least 4 times a week. It always does wonder for me after a stressful day at work.

    For those who do not like to exercise in the gym, any physical activities will help to release stress – walking, jogging, a good round of basketball or yoga.

    Most important of all is to take your mind off things that are stressing you.

    We must learn how to handle stress and get back our life.

  2. LINORE on March 24th, 2008

    Great tips, Jan. As a writer, I find it’s so true about exercise being rejuvenating; When I’m stuck on a scene in a book, or even a plot element, a good stint on the treadmill seems to get my brain going in new directions, and I get great ideas. I also find that my energy throughout the day is enhanced, not depleted.
    Keep up the blog posts!
    Blessings,

    Linore

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