WORK(OUT) YOUR WAY AWAY FROM De­pres­sion

People (South Africa) - - Health News -

WHILE we are in the most won­der­ful time of the year, it is also, with­out a doubt, the most stress­ful time, too.

“Ex­er­cise stim­u­lates the re­lease of many of the brain chem­i­cals thought to be in low sup­ply when some­one is bat­tling de­pres­sion,” ex­plains David Muz­ina, MD, the found­ing di­rec­tor of the Cleve­land Clinic Cen­tre for Mood Dis­or­ders Treat­ment and Re­search. Here are some fab­u­lous ex­er­cises to do to ease you. But don’t stop in the hol­i­days – make this a life­style for a hap­pier and health­ier 2019.

1. Run: All aer­o­bic and car­dio ex­er­cises boost your mood. Run­ning will clear your mind, and re­lease en­dor­phins – lit­tle chem­i­cals which in­ter­act with the re­cep­tors in your brain, trig­ger­ing a pos­i­tive feel­ing in the body.

2. Yoga: Stud­ies have shown that yoga can sig­nif­i­cantly de­crease de­pres­sion. “[It] can have a won­der­ful an­tide­pres­sant ef­fect in that it im­proves flex­i­bil­ity; in­volves mind­ful­ness, which breaks up repet­i­tive neg­a­tive thoughts; in­creases strength; makes you aware of your breath­ing; im­proves bal­ance; and con­tains a med­i­ta­tive com­po­nent,” says Nor­man E. Rosen­thal,

MD, a clin­i­cal pro­fes­sor of psy­chi­a­try at the Ge­orge­town Univer­sity School of Medicine.

3. Play Out­side: Be­ing out­doors – gar­den­ing, walk­ing, or play­ing – will stim­u­late your sero­tonin lev­els (drops in sero­tonin dur­ing the darker, colder months have been linked to sea­sonal af­fec­tive dis­or­der, aka SAD).

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