Endorphins have been commonly termed “feel good” Chemicals. Omitted during physical activity, endorphins can assist in improving upon an individual’s well-being and overall state of mind. One Empirical study performed by Dr. Fox, a professor at the University of Bristol, suggests that physical activity has many benefits. These benefits include but are not limited to improved self-esteem, lowered anxiety, and decreased stress levels (Fox, 1999).
To further elaborate upon this point, I decided to ask one dedicated 2nd Recess participant, Ethan Hurt about the way in which regular exercise has assisted him in staying stress free and relaxed. Below is his response:
“2nd Recess helps me to not be stressed because while I am here I am only thinking about running and having fun; When I am at 2nd Recess, I do not have to worry about anything else."
Great Answer Ethan!! (:
Listed below are a few simple tricks and tips for alleviating stress in your daily life.
Socialize with positive people – on a daily basis; Ensure that you surround yourself with people who will lift you up instead of those who bring you down.
Take time for you – Ensure that you set aside a small amount of time each day to breathe and reflect upon the positive aspects of your life
Relax! – When times get tough and stress gets overwhelming take three deep breaths. This will allow you to refocus and reset in order to move forward.
Exercise – Run, Walk, Jump, Skip – just get out and get moving! Releasing endorphins is a proven way to reduce stress and increase overall well-being
Say positive affirmations – You are only as great as you believe you are. Take time to remind yourself of just how amazing you are.
Select healthy food choices – Healthy food choices will keep you feeling energized. More energy allows you to be active and strong!
Fox, K. R. (1999). The influence of physical activity on mental well-being.Public health nutrition, 2(3a), 411-418.