How Can I Manage Anxiety on The GO? Part II

How Can I Manage Anxiety on The GO? Part II
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We learned in part one of this article that anxiety is a normal feeling to experience. Excessive anxiety, on the other hand, is not.  If you haven’t read part one yet, make sure you do, as it has great tips on how to manage your anxiety using mindfulness and or music as a tool. 

Medical experts say that when our anxiety gets to such a point that we can no longer control it, it can become too much to “deal with” and make it very hard or impossible for us to function as we normally would. When anxiety interferes with your daily life, you may have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are real, serious medical conditions. Just as real and serious as physical disorders such as heart disease or diabetes. Anxiety disorders are the most common and widespread mental disorders in North America.

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“When stress affects the brain, with its many nerve connections, the rest of the body feels the impact as well. Or, if your body feels better, so does your mind. Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins, chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers, and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress. Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. About five minutes of aerobic exercise can begin to stimulate anti-anxiety effects. The benefits of exercise may well extend beyond stress relief to improving anxiety and related disorders. Psychologists studying how exercise relieves anxiety and depression suggest that a 10-minute walk may be just as good as a 45-minute workout.” - ADAA

Tool Three: Fitness

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How can I use fitness as an anxiety management tool when I haven’t exercised in years?

"People think you need to spend hours in the gym. That's just not the case," said Agustin. "For someone who hasn't done anything for months or even years, building the habit of walking around the block can create the momentum you need to eventually want to do more." - Our friend and Coach, Jay Agustin was quoted saying in The Huffington Post earlier this year.

 

As Coach Jays says, start small, maybe with a friend and be consistent. That consistency will lead to habituation, which they say takes about 21 days to achieve. Once it becomes a habit of yours to walk to work with a collogue or to go for a walk mid-day to recharge you can have confidence in using exercise as a tool to manage your anxiety. Be patient and allow for organic growth of your capacity for more strenuous and adventurous exercise. If you force the issue in an attempt to reach your anxiety management goals faster, you may experience the adverse effect and begin to cause unnecessary stress, which can lead to more anxiety, thus defeating the purpose


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When in doubt reach out to professional Coach like Jay to help you build up your fitness toolbox safely, in a manner that brings you joy, positive results, and peace of mind. Jay is the founder of Wall St. Fitness - a mobility-based program that focuses on reversing the effects of your day to day 'deskbound' work by providing the tools and knowledge you need to regain your mobility.

His training style is a hybrid mix between technical strength training and free-flowing movement exploration. His philosophy for fitness is that everyone can unlock their true strength once they regain (and maintain) their mobility.

Takeaways

  • We learned in part one of this article that anxiety is a normal feeling to experience. Excessive anxiety, on the other hand, is not.  
  • When stress affects the brain, with its many nerve connections, the rest of the body feels the impact as well. Or, if your body feels better, so does your mind.
  • Psychologists studying how exercise relieves anxiety and depression suggest that a 10-minute walk may be just as good as a 45-minute workout.
  • For someone who hasn't done any exercising for months or even years, building the habit of walking around the block can create the momentum you need to eventually want to do more.” JA
  • Be patient and allow for organic the growth of your capacity for more strenuous and adventurous exercise. If you force the issue in an attempt to reach your anxiety management goals faster, you may experience the adverse effect and begin to cause unnecessary stress, which can lead to more anxiety, thus defeating the purpose
 
Photo by Jay Agustin

I am honoured and excited to write that Coach Jay is collaborating with us and will be teaching his life-changing fitness philosophies on our personal wellness platform, Zenboks. Zenboks will become your personal compass. It will direct and connect you to a global community of master wellness coaches like Jay who will guide you on your journey of discovery and self-elevation. Subscribe to our mailing list below to find out more about the app.

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Written By
Andre Paulo
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