In response to a perceived threat, we produce cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones increase blood glucose, heart rate and respiration, increase oxygen and nutrient supplies to muscles and temporarily shut down the maintenance of the body's other systems.
In prehistoric times, this system was very useful as it enabled us to escape maybe the clutches of a life-threatening situation, such a tiger etc. This fight and flight response increases our chances of either destroying the threat or escaping.
Today, we don’t on a day to day basis have threats to our very existence but our minds, because they have a negative bias, perceive danger in quite mundane circumstances sometimes. We find ourselves becoming stressed and anxious about a relationship, job, what people think about us etc. The list is endless! The problem with these anxious and stressful thoughts are that although we are not in immediate danger, they still activate the fight and flight response, releasing the adrenaline and cortisol around our bodies.
If you suffer from anxiety, the chances are, you are over estimating the threats around you and you are under-estimating your ability to cope if the situation arises. Your body maybe awash with cortisol and adrenaline and this can be harmful to your body.
So, what to do about these excess hormones? Exercise is the key! Exercise will burn cortisol and adrenaline and you will feel immediately calmer. Not only that, exercise has the added benefit of releasing endorphins and this will make you feel happier and stave off feelings of depression. In time you will become fitter and leaner. It’s a win/win situation.
We recommend trying to fit exercise into your daily routine. It doesn’t have to be a major workout and don’t stress if you can’t fit it in every day. Be kind to yourself and make you the priority. Ensure that some form of exercise is in your day. It could be just getting off the bus one stop earlier or leaving your car at home for those short journeys. Maybe, take up a new sport or a sport you enjoyed when you were younger. Getting into nature whilst exercising will also enable you to feel calmer.
Rewind Your Mind have a new online Anxiety workshop and workshops in the workplace and in Central London and Surrey. Our work with clients has enabled us to pick the best tips and techniques to help you alleviate your stress and anxiety.
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