How Getting Active Can Help You Manage Anxiety

by Gemma Callaway


Experiencing Anxiety can be totally crippling for your entire life – believe me, I’ve experienced it first-hand. So, finding something that truly helps manage it can be totally life changing. I experienced that life changing feeling when I chose to commit myself to the gym.

The benefits of exercise for physical health have been long established, but the benefits for mental health seem to be somewhat overlooked, where a box of pills seems to be just what everybody needs – I disagree. It has been scientifically proven that getting active improves your mental wellbeing. I do currently take Anti-Depressants, but I have never really been sure if they work for me or not. Exercise is different.

Regular* aerobic exercise can;

  • Relieve stress
  • Boost your mood
  • Boost energy
  • Reduce fatigue
  • Improve sleep
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Improve concentration
  • Improve alertness
  • Enhance cognitive function

*You should aim to do at least two and a half hours of moderate exercise a week.

Now for a lot of people, joining the gym can seem quite a daunting thing. But, you don’t need to join the gym to get active. Going out walking, running or going for a swim are equally as beneficial, and to be quite honest… I’d recommend the fresh air! You could even search for workouts online (YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest…) that you can do in the comfort of your own home. There’s no excuse!

I’d also recommend taking part in gym classes, you will make friends, experience new ways of exercising and challenge yourself further physically through the motivation – it can be a real self-confidence booster!

Choosing to join the gym last year pulled me through a very difficult period of my life. Not only did it help me manage anxiety and depression, it gave me a purpose; I had a hobby. I started meeting new people and seeing a difference in my body and my general health also. It was just what I needed.

If you do struggle with anxiety, I would highly recommend getting active and experiencing the above and MORE – it could be just what you need too!

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1 comment

Vicky June 26, 2017 - 5:40 pm

It definitely can help and does for lots of people but it’s important to remember that due to links to other mental health issues like eating disorders and low self esteem in some people exercise can trigger anxiety and, in my case, very dark moods. I have to be 100% in the mood for it or it can end very badly indeed. Great article though!


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