WORK(OUT) YOUR WAY AWAY FROM Depression
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).