- Undertake physical activity when you are stressed as exercise helps to reduce stress and relieve pressure. Exercise releases a chemical called serotonin,which makes you feel happier and less stressed, as well as improves circulation and prevents conditions such as stroke and heart attack (NHS, 2009).
- Maintain a regular exercise program on a weekly basis. 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 reduce stress.
- 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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