Tag: mood

Calm Your Nerves #12 – Step Lively

step livelyHow you’re feeling is evident in how you move.

If you feel down, chances are you’ll find yourself dragging about, every step an effort. Feel happy and your step takes on a bit of a bounce.

But mood isn’t all powerful. The opposite is also true. Change how you move and your mood will shift to match.

Give it a try:

Next time you’re feeling anxious, down, or worried, take a moment to notice how you are moving.

Are your feet dragging along?
Does your body feel heavy?
Are your movements labored and full of effort?

Once you know what you’re doing, get up and get going. Set a lively pace. The power to change your mood is in your footsteps.

For an extra boost walk outside in nature.
Add a shot of “happy” by walking with a friend.

Calm Your Nerves #7 – Exercise

exerciseYou knew it. You just knew it. That dirty little “E” word was lurking around somewhere. Sigh.

Now that the proverbial gym shoe has fallen, it’s time to take a look at exercise and anxiety.

Studies are conclusive – exercise does enhance your mood and reduce anxiety. But how?

It seems that the very same neurotransmitters that cause havoc with your nerves when you’re floundering about are the very same ones that give you get up and go when you decide to push your body a bit. Go for a walk, a run, do a few jumping jacks – anything that gets your heart rate up – and you put those neurotransmitters to work FOR you. Then when you stop, your body hits reset and you’re flooded with neurotransmitters that support you in relaxing and unwinding.

Hit your own RESET button by setting yourself in motion. Choose something you enjoy for an even greater boost. And to maximize the calming effect, have a friend join you.