How Do Endorphins Relieve Anxiety?

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Exercising releases endorphins.

Most people with generalized anxiety disorder are told to exercise. If you have been told this, you may be wondering why this is so. There are many good reasons to exercise to control anxiety. In fact, some people say that when they exercise regularly, they do not need medication to treat this disorder.

Endorphins originate in the brain and are released when the body senses that there is pain. When you exercise, the endorphins are released to prevent
your body from feeling the pain of exercise. These hormones do more than this though. They also help to reduce anxiety and they can help to improve your mood.

Cortisol is the result of stress in the body.

When a person experiences stress, cortisol is a hormone released by the body. This can happen if you sit and do nothing for an extended period of time. Then, the physical symptoms of anxiety like shaking, rapid breathing, and fast heartbeat can begin to be noticed. Before long, a full blown anxiety attack could occur.

Instead of sitting or doing nothing for hours, it is much better to keep moving and to get some brisk walking or jogging into your schedule. Then, the body can release endorphins that actually eat away at cortisol and help the body to get rid of it. By doing this, endorphins relieve anxiety and this is why exercise is good for you if you suffer from anxiety.

Aerobic exercise helps anxiety an depression.

According to various articles on the PubMed.gov website, aerobic exercise like running, jogging, or working out at the gym does have the ability to reduce or to completely control anxiety and depression in many people. It is worthwhile to try this for yourself. Some people find that jogging or walking outside is far more helpful because of being in nature. This alone can be beneficial and help relieve stress and worry in addition to the physical symptoms of anxiety.

Source: Effects of physical exercise on anxiety, depression, and sensitivity to stress: a unifying theory. P. Salmon.

www.ncbi.nim.nih.gov/pubmed/11148895

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