Use EXERCISE to Relieve Stress & Crisis

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I can hear your whining and complaining already from where I sit, writing this. . .

“I don’t have time to exercise.”
“I don’t know how to exercise.”
“I don’t want to exercise.”
“My knees hurt and I can’t do it.”
“I hate exercising.”

Dare I continue? Sound familiar? So, what’s your excuse?

Why exercise is so important during stressful times.

You’re in crisis, your mind is clouded, your vision is foggy, you can’t think straight. Maybe you’re overwhelmed by work or a bad relationship, a recent death in the family or fighting financial catastrophe. My guess, though, is that you’ve read thus far for a reason – above and beyond all else – You just want to start feeling better. You want your life to improve now!

The first thing you need (even before trying to deal directly with your stress causing crisis) is some “pain” and stress RELIEF, so that you can focus, think and strategize. You need to get the pain, fear and anxiety out of the way long enough, just so you can have a moment’s peace. Before you can start working on your problems, you need to come in out of the “storm” for a few minutes, away from the stress monster– to a luxury hotel for your brain, where you can regain your sanity.

What’s key here, though, is to do this the natural way – the way God and nature intended. Believe it or not, EXERCISE will help you get there.

Exercise is healthy and more effective than prescription drugs.

I’ve worked with a lot of troubled, stressed out people. I’ve been stressed out myself at times – more than I care to mention. It’s no fun either. I feel your pain, because I’ve been there. Many people, when in crisis and overstressed, start to eat too much and get all hyped up on sugar, carbs, junk food and caffeine. Some even resort to pain relievers and anxiety drugs to try to relieve stress. Some become dependent on alcohol or even worse. This may be you. Don’t despair. You need to feel better NOW, and you’re about to IF YOU DO SOME EXERCISE.

Dr. Mark Hyman, in his book “The UltraMind Solution,” (one which I highly recommend), states that “exercise is better than Prozac.” And if you don’t know what Prozac is, it’s a highly prescribed medication for depression and anxiety. The reason for prescribing Prozac is to boost seratonin levels in the brain. Seratonin is a chemical that the body makes to make you happy. The problem with this medication is that Prozac can have some pretty serious side effects and doesn’t always work. Using this medication may possibly be necessary for the short term, but in my opinion, it (like so many other medications) falls into the category of being a “microwave” solution to a problem that should be handled naturally. It treats the symptom and is not a cure. And if you’re going to treat the symptom, why not do it the healthiest and most natural way? Why not do something that will promote your own wellness, while figuring out the actual cause of the problem.

Why not EXERCISE instead?

In contrast to medication, exercise is a direct, natural and healthy way to deal with depression and anxiety. And its benefits are overwhelming. It’s a proven scientific fact that exercise ALSO boosts seratonin levels in the brain. Something everybody under extreme stress and crisis needs.

Ok, maybe it sounds cliché, but exercise works amazingly. Trust me. When I suggest this to people in crisis, many just roll their eyes, act like I’m crazy and tell me that exercise is NOT the issue. And maybe it’s not. But I’m telling you, from repeated experience (both personally and with clients)-


Undoubtedly the fastest way to feel better, short of taking Prozac, Valium, Xanax, Lexapro, or some other extreme method (like drinking or drugs) is to get off your rear and do some exercise. And, in most instances, the more you do, the better off you’ll be, mentally and physically.

If you need help learning how to de-stress, manage things better, or setting up an exercise regimen, maybe it’s time to consider a personal coach.

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  1. Effective Ways for Coping with Stress | Rick Osborn Executive Wellness & Health Coach | Holistic Health Practitioner - Raleigh, NC - February 22, 2012

    […] Exercise is one of the most direct ways to lower high levels of cortisol and alleviate the stress response in the body. It directly counteracts that innate “fight or flight” response. Sweating activity is a great way to get your body back into a state of balance. Get your heart pounding. Your body will release endorphins (nature’s own opiate), reduce pain and make you feel better. It will also boost serotonin levels in the brain (the same thing that Prozac is meant to do, only without the side effects). Remember “fight or flight.” Both require that you physically move your body. […]

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