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Improve Your Mood Swings with Exercise

Posted 03-14-2013 at 12:59 PM by ChristaIB
Updated 10-17-2013 at 12:01 PM by ChristaIB

If you experience mood swings, you are not alone. Hormonal changes, anxiety and stress can trigger mood swings for many people. Radical or severe mood swings may require a consult with your doctor to determine if there is an underlying condition that can be improved with medical treatment, like anti-depressants. For most of us, though, mood swings and stress can often be managed with exercise.

The brain chemicals that are released during and after exercise can reduce stress and boost your mood almost instantly. If you are experiencing frequent mood changes, consider starting a moderate exercise program, or intensifying the program you are currently following.

Adding a few exercise sessions like walking, jogging or cycling into your weekly routine can make a huge difference in your overall outlook. Consider signing up for a membership at your local gym and start working out regularly. If you do, you'll likely notice a change in your mood and your overall health within a couple of weeks. (Your sleep patterns may improve, too!)

Endorphins

One reason why exercise is such a great mood booster is because it facilitates the release of endorphins in the brain. Endorphins have the ability to improve your mood instantaneously. By exercising and releasing endorphins consistently, your body will be able to produce effects that some have described as a natural version of the mood boost provided by euphoric drugs. So, hit the treadmill and feel that euphoric endorphin rush!

Higher Levels of Serotonin

In addition to releasing endorphins, exercising can trigger the release of more serotonin in your brain. Serotonin has been shown to reduce depression and help to regulate your mood. Creating an exercise routine and sticking with it will aid in the production of serotonin in your brain.

Stress Reduction

Are you feeling stressed out by heavy deadlines at work, your relationships, or other issues in your life? The best remedy is to head outside for a workout in the fresh air or take a trip to the gym.

Many studies have shown that exercise can significantly reduce stress levels. Stress can trigger mood swings. So, instead of brewing over everything that is causing you stress, which can lead to more frequent or dramatic mood swings, consider committing yourself to a structured exercise routine. Your exercise routine will provide you with an outlet in which to channel your negative thoughts and energy.

You may find that an intense workout will “burn off” some of your worries and negative thoughts. Exercise has a calming effect that lasts for several hours after a workout. In addition to helping you release some of your anxieties, your workout provides that added release of endorphins and serotonin that will help to lift your mood. The outcome of increased exercise is that you will not only be fitter, you will be better equipped mentally and emotionally to handle the challenges and related stressors that come your way.

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