One of the best ways to overcome anxiety and depression naturally is exercise.
It's natural, free, and without side-effects, and has a whole range of benefits to your health. It doesn't have to be strenuous exercise - just walking can have a significant positive effect on your mood.
If you suffer from anxiety, you may also suffer from depression, or you may be at risk of suffering from depression. Both of these mood disorders involve imbalance of brain chemicals (neurotransmitters), and both are associated with similar thinking patterns, such as anticipating a negative future in some way.
There is growing evidence that many people who have an episode of depression have had tendencies to anxiety in their early life, while those suffering from anxiety may actually experience symptoms such as low energy which are traditionally characteristic of depression.
Overcome Anxiety and Depression Naturally
A recent analysis from Scotland of 8 studies looked at benefits of walking on mild to moderate depression. The analysis, published in the journal Mental Health and Physical Activity, showed that depressed patients' mood & general sense of well-being improved by walking regularly. The findings were reported by Michael Miller, MD, a psychiatrist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Editor in Chief of the Harvard Mental Health Letter.
In these studies, people walked anywhere from 20 to 50 minutes, and from three to seven times a week. Some of them walked on treadmills, while others walked outdoors, some of them alone, others in walking groups. The analysis did not allow any conclusion about which was best, because the studies were so different..... but perhaps that is not so important for the person who is wanting to overcome their anxiety or depression.
The most important factor is that you find some form of exercise that is simple and easy, and that you can (and will) do regularly.
If you want to overcome anxiety and depression naturally, regular walking is one of the best ways to start. Be gentle with yourself and start by doing only what you feel you can manage - 10 minutes is okay to start with, or on days when you have no energy. If your main problem is anxiety rather than depression, you will probably find that you will benefit from more vigorous exercise, and for longer. If this is your situation, you might be able to walk briskly for 30 minutes or even more, and feel better for it.
There are also studies that exercise is helpful in overcoming anxiety symptoms which you might want to read here.
You might also like to try a walking meditation at the same time, and balance your mind and emotions as well as your neurotransmitters.
You can read the full article here.