Curing Anxiety Through Exercise

exerciseAtelophobia is an anxiety disorder. Learning how to control your anxiety can help you to overcome the effects of this condition. In this article we will discuss how you can use exercise to overcome anxiety disorders like atelophobia.

Exercise absolutely helps with anxiety, stress, depression, sleep, the whole bit. It makes you feel good.

There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all exercise program, and you don’t need to do anything fancy. Just get out there and start walking. Jog if you’d like. Run if you feel up to it. If you feel pain, dizzy, or lightheaded, stop exercising. Listen to your body and what it’s telling you to do. Millions of years of evolution went into the body of yours. If you listen you should be fine.

Just start walking and go at a pace you feel comfortable with. Starting is the most important thing you can do. You don’t need to use a journal to track things or follow a specific regimen.

You might not feel great for the first few days (in fact, you’ll probably feel like worn out) but once you get ahead of that your body will adapt and you’ll notice a significant improvement.

As far as anxiety and diet, I’d recommend cutting out ALL caffeine and sugary sweets. Those can cause panic attacks. Perform an elimination diet to see which foods cause you to have a panic attack and which ones don’t. You can also try Chamomile to reduce anxiety, though the chamomile is not going to be as strong as a Xanax or other relaxer supplements.

Exercise is no magic cure, but it does help. From my subjective standpoint, it’s not the workout itself, but the things that come with it:

  • Improved appearance boosts confidence.
  • Anxiety and depression make you feel trapped, like it’s never going to get better or you don’t know how to keep living – when you see visible changes in your body, it illustrates a valid point: things can improve.
  • It gives you a new lifestyle, especially if you also change your diet; you’ll have something more to concentrate on than how much you hate yourself or how anxious you are, like learning to cook something new and healthy.

Like I said it’s only one aspect of dealing with the problem, but combined with medication, proper nutrition and therapy, it can make a huge difference. So get up, start working out, and make yourself proud.

Here are some additional tips to consider:

  1. Don’t be embarrassed about it. Anxiety is completely normal. A ton of people have it. Talking about my anxiety actually helped alleviate my anxiety. At first I thought I was the only one with these kinds of problems, but then pretty soon I found out a lot of people I know had dealt with similar problems.
  2. I had it about as bad as you do. Maybe worse. Panic attacks, agoraphobia, depression. Hitting the gym has pretty much cured my anxiety. I took all of my nervous energy and directed it into something positive and constructive. I started going about 2 and a half months ago. Since then I’ve been on about 6-8 pounds of muscle and managed to go from running 1 mile a day on the treadmill to 5. In those 10 weeks I only missed about 7 days total though.
  3. Although it has really helped me it wasn’t easy. The first time I went and hit the weights I had to take it really light. Everything scared me. I was too nervous to push myself to the limit. I wasn’t breathing properly. After a few sets of one machine, I got super-winded and felt like I was going to pass out (this is a common reoccurrence with my own anxiety related issues). But I got through all this. Having a gym buddy helped. Taking everything one day at a time helped. Continually pushing myself and not letting me be afraid helped a lot.

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