Physical activity helps with depression, expert suggests

10 October 2011

Health research has shown that physical activity could help combat the signs and symptoms of depression.

Michelle Clemons, a mindfulness based master practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming and author of Transforming Stress to Success, suggested that doing exercise without registering it in the mind as exercise could help with a more positive mental attitude.

He said: "I suggest making a list of whatever physical activities you enjoy, but avoid thinking about the word 'exercise' as it puts up a psychological barrier for many of us."

Mr Clemons added that gentle activities like walking the dog, playing with the kids, pottering about in the garden and going dancing all help to reduce stress and lift one's mood.

According to a study led by Virginia Commonwealth University researchers, life experiences shape a person and influence emotional set points as adults.

The study, published in Psychological Science, suggests that in addition to our genes, people's life experiences are important influences on their levels of anxiety and depression.

Posted by Philip Briggs

Kendler, Kenneth S. et al., "The Impact of Environmental Experiences across the Lifespan On Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression" Psychological Science, June 2011.

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