When facing depressive situations our minds and thoughts are usually clouded with worry, fear, anxiety, and sadness. Needless to say, diverting our minds from these emotional states, at least temporarily, may help us deal with them.
One sure-fire way to accomplish this is through exercise. What you don’t have to do is to go to the gym or jump down and do a bunch of push-ups. I don’t feel like it and besides, I’m not in shape. If that was your initial response, don’t worry. It’s not about muscle building or punishing your body. Simple to moderate exercises can and will do just fine.
However, I must stress that exercising, even 10 or 15 minutes or less is quite helpful for handling stress. This engages the motor centers of the brain, making the blood flow away from the emotional activity center. Consequently, you become more receptive to positive thoughts.
Now, based on my personal experiences in dealing with my own problems, and admittedly on some bad days, in spite of how much I believe in positive thinking, I’ve found the following exercises to be very effective as a pick-me-upper.
You will recognize that these exercises are Yogic in nature. However, as true as that is I tend to think they are versatile enough for anybody to do. Just so long as you keep in mind that the goal here isn’t bod building. Just something to get our minds off stressful situations.
- Here are the exercises:
- The Sun Salutations:
The sun exercises stimulate and balances all systems of the body including the endocrine and nervous systems that have marked effects on our emotions. Furthermore, they induce deep breathing which has been known over the ages to help alleviate many a stressful situation. Performed in sets of three, they actually are a combination of very simple movements executed in a flowing motion.
- 2. Hindu Push-Ups:
These actually are best described as ‘Downward Dog” and “Upward Facing-Dog” meet calisthenics. Nonetheless, these are quite simply great. As a matter of fact, I almost swore off Yoga for these babies till it dawned on me that it’s still Yoga, basically poses in motion. However, as pick-me-uppers, these work great.
There’s hardly ever been a time when I did them that I did not almost immediately have lethargy and sadness replaced with enthusiasm, joy, and happiness miraculously restored as positive replacements.
Although these are my personal favorites feel free to explore whatever can get your heart-rate up such as simple jumping jacks, hikes in the park, jogging, dancing or even sex with the one you love.
Combining these simple exercises with such drug-free factors as intentional positive thinking and proper diet which ironically at times demands abstinence from even the best of foods, I can confidently say one will be well on one’s way to overcoming the problems and challenges we all face in our daily lives.
Moreover, these principles form the basis of improved health naturally.
The next time stress starts to creep in and you feel the need for relief, get yourself in motion with your favorite activities. With exercise, even a little bit, does help.