Smoking and exercise are not the greatest match. But it turns out that exercise can help people–especially anxious people–quit smoking more easily: [New] research suggests that exercise can reduce anxiety sensitivity and depressive symptoms, doubling the chances of cessation for these adults. “Exercise can reduce anxiety sensitivity”–that may speak to you, smoker or not. Enjoy […]
Exercise Lessens Anxiety (PsychCentral): Although we often think of it negatively, anxiety is a normal emotion, Abramowitz said. It evolved in our ancestors as a response to danger, such as a nearby predator. When you perceive a threat, you begin sweating, your heart rate increases and your breathing accelerates — the “fight or flight” response. Of […]
Lifestyle Changes as Treatment for Mental Health Concerns, Depression, Anxiety (PsychCentral): For years, health professionals have advocated lifestyle changes in the form of diet, exercise and stress reduction to lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic illnesses. New research shows that lifestyle changes — such as getting more exercise, spending more time in […]
Another study, same finding: yoga decreases anxiety. The study, aimed at establishing an association between yoga postures, enhanced gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) levels and decreased anxiety, looked at 2 different groups of healthy people for a period of 12 weeks. While participants of the first group practiced yoga three times a week for one hour, those in […]
Another study, another confirmation: exercise reduces depression and anxiety. People who were not active in their leisure time were almost twice as likely to have symptoms of depression compared to the most active individuals, the study found…But the intensity of the exercise did not seem to make any difference.
Why are anxiety disorders among women on the rise? One general practitioner—not a psychiatrist—estimates that one in five of the patients she sees now is there for anxiety issues, making it one of the most common reasons young women show up in her exam room. Megan Catalano, 34, of Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, is living […]
Your personality may influence your interest in exercise (PsychCentral): If you have a high metabolism, you are more likely to have personality traits that will draw you to a five-mile run or a game of tennis. On the flip side, if you have a slow metabolism, the couch may look much more appealing to you…
Jane Brody likes Tai Chi. The graceful, dancelike progression of meditative poses called tai chi originated in ancient China as a martial art, but the exercise is best known in modern times as a route to reduced stress and enhanced health. After reviewing existing scientific evidence for its potential health benefits, I’ve concluded that the proper question […]
Here’s a big page on stress and anxiety lifestyle changes from the New York Times. The bullets: Exercise, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Relaxation Techniques, Herbal and Natural Remedies.
Drug-Free Sleep Aid A new study rediscovers an organic solution to insomnia — regular aerobic exercise is found to improve the quality of sleep, mood and vitality… (Psych Central)