Ease Seasonal Depression with Exercise

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As the seasons change and the holiday season approaches, many people suffer from symptoms of depression. Exercise has been shown to help promote happiness and ease these symptoms.

Try these 4 exercises to help lighten your mood and increase your energy level throughout the holidays.

Running

Ever heard of runner’s high? It’s an actual thing. Exercise has the ability to release endorphins and create a feeling of euphoria. So, put on those sneakers and hit the pavement to help you beat the winter blues.

Bouncing

Trampolines are filled with squeals of delight from children all summer long. Just because the weather has turned colder, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the instant release of endorphins that bouncing produces. If you aren’t really taken with the idea of jumping on your bed...bend your knees and bounce as quickly as you can for a few minutes. It’s almost guaranteed you’ll be smiling when you’re done.

 

 

Yoga

Yoga has been shown to have a positive effect on reducing heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and easing respiration. Grab a mat and take a moment to break away from the hustle and bustle many people feel during the holidays.

Walking

Walking is an exercise that nearly everyone at any fitness level can do. Studies have shown that it doesn’t take a high level of intensity to feel the mood boosting benefits of exercise. Is the traditional game of Thanksgiving family football something not everyone can participate in? Get everyone together and take a walk. In just 30 minutes everyone’s spirits will be lifted.

If exercise does not seem to help ease the symptoms of depression, or if your symptoms are worsening and you think they might be more than just the seasonal blues, talk to a loved one or trusted healthcare professional. If you need immediate help, you can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24 hour crisis line.

 

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