Yoga has quickly become one of the most popular workout trends in recent years, and for good reason. While yoga is certainly not “one-size-fits all,” when practiced correctly, yoga can be a powerful stress reducer. It can also work to reshape the body and ease back pain or neck pain and can provide excellent mental benefits. One area where yoga really shines is as a mood booster. When yoga is incorporated during a funk, it can help your body cope, as it can help balance your emotions and keep you grounded.
Exercise regulates the release of feel-good chemicals in the brain that help alleviate symptoms associated with depression.
Exercise has an immense influence on the brain. It improves cardiovascular fitness and it’s been proven to have an effect on glucose levels – both of which improve the metabolic health of our bodies. These physical changes also have a positive impact on the brain, and in fact, studies done show that improving one’s cardiovascular stamina can result in better memory function and emotional balance.
According to a study in May 2019 by American Family Physician, practicing yoga can be a helpful method of coping with the symptoms of depression. Yoga, which involves physical exercise combined with intense breathing exercises, may be especially beneficial when used alongside already proven treatments (such as cognitive-behavioral therapy).
There is not enough evidence to determine which type of yoga is best for treating depression, but one study published in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine reported that participants practicing yoga with breathing exercises three times a week for four weeks had lower levels of depression, anxiety, and stress compared to those who were not participating.
If you are someone who likes to spend time outdoors, there are plenty of easy ways to enjoy a beautiful day of sunshine. You don’t have to be an expert gardener or a track star to reap the benefits – simply engage in some outside activities that you enjoy. Studies show this can increase your body’s serotonin levels, which is a brain chemical that is linked to feelings of happiness. Some symptoms of SAD (seasonal affective disorder) may begin in the winter months, so getting out and staying outdoors helps boost moods to help you through the dark winter months.
- Drink more water and stay hydrated
- Get outside and enjoy the sunshine in nature
- Take time to meditate and reflect on gratitude
- Spend time with friends
- Stay locked inside alone
- Neglect your physical body
- Eat a bad diet
- become lethargic
If you can follow those basics, you’ll be on the path of more stable and happy days.