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How Walks Can Help to Alleviate the Symptoms of Anxiety

How Walks Can Help to Alleviate the Symptoms of Anxiety

People rarely consider the advantages of walking, but they can be extremely beneficial for reducing anxiety. Walking is a form of aerobic exercise that can help reduce stress and anxiety while also improving mental health. Walking can provide a sense of connection to nature, which can decrease feelings of stress and anxiety, in addition to physical benefits.

Walking can be especially helpful in relation to anxiousness. Studies have shown that walking helps lessen the physical symptoms of anxiety, including increased heart rate and muscle tension. Walking can also help decrease anxiety-related psychological symptoms such as rumination and negative thoughts. It can also assist in reducing stress, which can assist with relieving anxiety symptoms. Walking can also give you a sense of connection to nature, which can make you feel less nervous and worried.

Walking can help to improve complete mental health in addition to its physical and psychological benefits. Walking has been shown in studies to help reduce depression as well as enhance mood and concentration. Walking can also help to improve sleep quality, which can assist in alleviating anxiety symptoms.

Finally, walking can help to boost social interaction, which can serve to alleviate anxiety symptoms. Walking allows you to interact with other people, which can help you feel less isolated and lonely. It can also provide a distraction from negative thoughts and concerns, which can help to alleviate anxiety symptoms.

Overall, walking can be an effective method to alleviate anxiety feelings. It can provide physical and psychological benefits, as well as aid in general mental health improvement. Walking can also provide a sense of connection to nature and serve as a distraction from negative thoughts and concerns, which can assist with managing anxiety symptoms.

 References:

J. H. Bjrngaard et al (2013). A systematic evaluation and meta-analysis of longitudinal research on walking and depression. 1-12 in BMC Psychiatry, 13(1).

S. Kumar et al (2018). A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of physical exercise on anxiety symptoms in adults. 227, 13-27, Journal of Affective Disorders.

S. Kumar et al (2018). A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of physical exercise on anxiety symptoms in adults. 227, 13-27, Journal of Affective Disorders.

S. McGowan et al (2018). A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of physical exercise on anxiety symptoms in adults. 227, 13-27, Journal of Affective Disorders.

Smith, P. J., and J. A. Blumenthal (2005). Exercise and clinical depression and anxiety therapy. 845-871 in Psychological Bulletin.

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Jeffrey Baldock, BA, BSW, MA, MSW

Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist

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