3 Facts You Need To Know About Anxiety
1. Anxiety is an evolutionary instinct
There are different regions of our brain that are designed to notice mistakes and feel anxious. Some of us have a hyper anxious brain and may need to tweak our levels.
According to the ADAA, anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including our genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events. We can shape the chemistry of our brain with activities such as a walking in the morning or after work. Walking during prime sunlight hours is key to obtaining the necessary amounts of vitamin D we need. Massages, naps, and even talking to strangers are also well received according to Dr. Alex Korb. Physical activities can have measurable effects on the brain which can help lead towards positive emotions.
3. Medications help; Exercise is better
The hippocampus is the emotional circuitry of the brain; this is where antidepressants can help strengthen neurons and build new ones, although exercise is just as good. Exercise increases serotonin which is the neuron transmitter responsible for managing emotions and actions towards future goals. After exercising dopamine is released which helps towards maintaining good habits and sparks of joy.
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