Does Exercise Help Reduce Stress?

Dealing with stress can be hard on not just the individual, but also their friends and family. Feeling powerless to help someone dealing with stress can in turn cause stress for those that are around that person.

Which can cause people to not really want to be around that person, thus creating a lonely atmosphere which is never a good thing.

So when trying to figure out ways on how to deal with this stress, one must be able to first identify it, and then take action on it. Not letting it take control over your life should drive you to wanting to beat this.

Just know that there are ways of dealing with stress and that you just have to find your happiness through it all.  One of the most effective ways is through exercise.

You may ask the question, does exercise help reduce stress? The answer to that question is yes! Any type of physical activity can help release endorphins in the brain which will help give you that sense of purpose.

Figuring out which form of exercise or physical activity that is right for you is the key to helping you manage any stress you feel throughout the day.

Understanding Stress

The first step in managing stress, is understanding what is causing you the stress in the first place. It is also important to understand how stress can affect your life greatly in your daily activity. Some of the effects stress can put on you mentally are:

  • Lack of Motivation
  • Mood to be Altered
  • Lack of Focus
  • Lack of self worth

Stress can be caused by many things going on in your life. Whether it be work, kids, health, or money. Most times you don’t even realize how much stress is affecting your health. It could be something as simple as getting a headache or getting sick. Some of the Common effects of stress put on your body are:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Chest Pains
  • Low sex drive
  • Weak Immune system
  • Trouble sleeping

Recognizing these symptoms as a result of stress can sometimes be difficult due to other things going on in your life. Thus causing you not being able to know how to find a solution. That’s why it is important to commit to improving your health and make exercise a part of your lifestyle.

Reduce Stress With Physical Activity

If you have symptoms of stress, taking steps to manage stress can have numerous health benefits. There are many different physical activities that help stimulate the brain causing your mind to relax and help reduce stress.

The most important thing is doing something that makes you happy. So many times, we choose to do things because we feel it is necessary instead of doing things that makes us happy. Some of those things can include:

  • Any Physical Activity (jogging,walking, exercise)
  • Relaxing techniques such as breathing exercises, meditation or taking a yoga class
  • Having some alone time such as reading a book or maybe listening to music.
  • Socializing with Friends and Family
  • Something simple as SMILING 🙂

It is important for you to do these things because it can help take your mind off of whatever may be stressing you out. At times we forget to make time for ourselves and get caught up in what everyone else is doing.

Also participating in a activities like exercise can give you a sense of accomplishment. Knowing you were able to complete a workout, gives you that positive mindset. Also, the result of regular exercise helps you look good and feel which will help in creating a positive mindset.

Seeking Help

If you are not sure if stress is controlling your life, don’t be afraid to have a talk with friends and family to help give you encouragement and also help let you know that you are not alone in this.

If you have taken steps to control stress and your symptoms continue, then consult a doctor or other specialists that may help identify other causes of your stress.

Also make sure to ease into this process of controlling stress. The last thing you want to do is stress out over trying to manage stress.

So don’t let stress control you and know that you don’t have to do this all in one day. Making sure you continue to have a positive mindset will help in you beating stress throughout your daily life.

Please feel free to comment below on what steps you take to manage your stress daily.

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14 thoughts on “Does Exercise Help Reduce Stress?

  1. Wow, thanks for the very informative post. I agree that sometimes stress can cause us lots of problems, without us even realizing that stress is the cause of our problems. Your advice for managing it is great, and I will surely be incorporating your suggestions into my daily routines.

    Looking forward to many more great posts, as I have bookmarked your page and will surely return!

    Thanks again, Chris

    • Thanks Chris! Yes Stress can cause us problems and not even know it is. So it is important to understand that when we feel stressed out, that we recognized that we are being stressed and figure out what is causing the stress.

  2. Hi!

    I sometimes can get overwhelmed and stressed when I get behind in my chores. So I kinda have a two-pronged attack on the situation. I love music, and its going to sound weird, but plugging in my headphones and listening to my favourite tunes WHILST I’m cleaning the house is one of my favourite things to do. One, I’m listening to music which makes me happy and Two, my house is getting cleaned and I’m kinda getting a workout too.

    Have a good one!

    • There ya go kate! whatever puts you in a good mood, I suggest you keep doing. if cleaning your house keeps you active, then keep doing what you’re doing. I can tell you really enjoy it!

  3. Hey there =)

    This is the first time I’ve been introduced to your website and I am very impressed with the efforts you have put in here.

    This is a very important question as I truly know from personal experience that exercise can help to reduce stress.

    Thanks

  4. Hi Ralph,

    Like you said, it is often difficult to realize how many things actually raise one’s level of stress. The worst is when the individual doesn’t realize they are stressed! I have been there and I have overcome the stress with many activities, including your recommendation of exercise! It truly gets the heart pumping, blood flowing, and energy directed back to where it should be. Too much stress can get to anyone!

    Great insight! Thanks!

    • Thanks Angela. It certainly is especially since we tend to make everyone and everything else as a priority. It’s important to try and focus on YOU, because if we can’t do that and our health declines, then it’s hard to do anything else.

  5. I’ve started to do daily stretches as an achievable goal. Getting up first thing in the morning to do 15 minutes worth of stretches, helps me wake up and start the day fresh. Since I’ve started doing this, I’ve felt more energized, motivated and procrastinate less. Doing any form of activity is a relief to me.

  6. I sometimes have hard time when I try to sleep I am sure its reason is stress. I heard black chocolate is good before sleeping and aids sleeping is this true?

    • Hi Furkan! Stress can definitely affect your sleep. So making sure you control whatever is stressing you out will help you sleep better. Also some do say that dark chocolate can aid in having better sleep.

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