Work Out, Feel Good
I write about this and other ways to combat stress, depression and burnout in my book, Thrive Through Self Care.
Working out is one of my favourite ways to de-stress.
Why does exercise make you happy?
There are scientific reasons:
The pituitary gland releases endorphins, the feel-good hormone, when you exercise. This means that when you exercise you are causing a chemical reaction in your body that leads to a boosted mood, pain relief and a general sense of well-being.
Those endorphins also lead to lower anxiety levels - so exercise can actually help you manage your stress!
And there are non-scientific reasons:
Exercise gets you out of bed.
It can act as a distraction - a tough workout requires you to
focus on what you are doing!
Intense workouts are great stress relief - let out all your anger!
Lifting something heavy (with proper form, of course) can
make you feel like a total badass and that is just awesome!