We live in a world where our brains are bombarded daily with media, advertisements and screens of all shapes and sizes. It’s understandable why anxiety is a state of being for many people and stress is something that seems to linger longer than desired. There is a plethora of self-care remedies that help people to decrease these hypervigilant states and relax, but what about increasing our ability to deal with these triggers?
The connection between brain and body may be something you have thought about before, or maybe not. Either way, there is a correlation between the rhythm, coordination and strategy of physical exercise and improved cognitive functioning. Studies show that aerobic exercise that increases heart rate is the best form of exercise to improve memory and cognitive abilities by reducing insulin resistance, stimulating growth factors (brain cell health & vascular health), and reducing inflammation (Godman, 2018)
Having a daily workout routine also decreases stress and anxiety and improves sleep. We all know individually how we feel when we have a poor night’s sleep and it’s important to think about how this disturbs your brain. Altered thinking and emotions that sit close to the surface could be connected to imbalanced neurotransmitters and stress hormones. Sleep abnormalities can be connected to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and ADHD (Sleep and Mental Health, 2009). SO…all that to be said, it’s really important to rest and let your brain rest as well.
Life involves stressors that sometimes we have the power to control and sometimes we find different ways to make experiencing this stress easier on our mental and physical bodies. Add a consistent, structured and fun workout routine to your day for a period of time and see what changes you notice. Walking each morning or after dinner for 30 minutes to increase heart rate is a great way to put this into practice. Add music, a dog, comfy shoes, bring water and thank yourself for strengthening your brain & body in one shot!
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