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Exercise to reduce stress

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Stressed about the holidays? You may want to exercise. Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever. You don’t have to be an athlete; even a little exercise can go a long way in helping you manage stress. Here are some more benefits to exercise:

  • It increases production of endorphins by the brain.

  • Focussing on only your body’s movements, exercise can help you forget about the stresses in your life for a moment.

  • It can improve your mood, boost self-confidence, and lower symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety.

  • Exercise can help you sleep better.

It’s important to find an activity you enjoy so you’ll stick to it and make it a part of your regular routine. It doesn’t have to be a marathon - any form of physical activity can help you unwind and become part of your approach to easing stress.