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Depression and Anxiety: How Diet and Exercise Helps

How Diet and Exercise Helps Depression and Anxiety

How Diet and Exercise Helps Depression and Anxiety

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When you suffer from depression or anxiety, exercise is probably the last thing on your mind. But exercise is actually one of the best things you can do for both your body and mental health. In fact, diet and exercise, combined with other self-care methods, can help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.

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The psychological and physical benefits of exercise can help you manage stress and anxiety. So how exactly does exercise help depression and anxiety? How does a healthy diet affect depression and anxiety?

1. Exercise and Depression and Anxiety

We all know that exercise is good for us, but how does it actually affect our bodies? Well, exercise has both physical and psychological effects on our body. Regular exercise can help you manage depression and anxiety by:

  • Releases feel-good endorphins: Natural cannabis-like brain chemicals (endogenous cannabinoids) and other natural brain chemicals that can enhance your sense of well-being are released during exercise. This can improve your mood and increase your overall energy levels.
  • Occupying your mind: Exercise helps you regain focus, and release stress. This way, you can get away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression and anxiety.

Regular exercise can also help you:

  • Gain confidence: Meeting exercise goals or challenges, even small ones, can boost your self-confidence. Taking a few minutes out of your day to do some simple exercises can go a long way.
  • Get more social interaction: Exercise and physical activity may