Exercise 'helps lessen anxiety'

Posted on 21 September 2011

Older people who may soon be choosing a care home may be prone to suffer from anxiety.

Terri Torevell, communications officer for Anxiety UK, has said that individuals prone to anxiety should undertake exercise in order to raise the 'happy chemicals' in their brain such as serotonin and endorphins.

Furthermore, exercise is able to burn off the excess adrenaline people feel when anxious, and is also a great distraction, she pointed out.

"Anxiety UK recommends that those who are feeling anxious try to increase their activity levels in order to manage their anxiety," finished Ms Torevell.

This follows research from the organisation which revealed that one in six adults live with anxiety, and an estimated 37 per cent of UK adults are more anxious than they used to be.

Despite this, anxiety is often viewed as a taboo subject, with many patients keen to keep their problem under wraps.

Posted by Toby Mynott

 

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