- Increase the amount of exercise you undertake as exercise also helps to releases the serotonin chemical, which makes you feel happier and less stressed, as well as improves circulation and prevents conditions such as stroke and heart attack (NHS, 2009). According the NHS (2009), you should aim to do a minimum of 30 minutes exercise five times a week. Exercise such as running, swimming and cycling increase your heart rate and are beneficial in reducing stress and pressure.
- Try a variety of outdoor activities rather than just exercising in the gym. Get outdoors and get some fresh air while exercising. Being outdoors or walking with friends can boost your mood and improve your energy levels. According to Depression.com (2009), exercise has been proven to be more and more effective in helping to manage mild and moderate depression.
- Important Note: Remember to be realistic about the amount of physical activity that you undertake. If you have not exercised for a long period of time or are unsure of your ability, you should always consult a GP of health professional on developing an exercise routine that is suitable for your situation.
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