Walking as Natural Remedy for Anxiety and Panic
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According to the Mayo
Clinic, something as simple as walking can be a natural
remedy for anxiety, panic, and depression.
Walking can be a great overall
mood enhancer, and a number of other benefits such as helping the
body release endorphins which can serve as a mood elevator. It also helps stabilize mood.
Another intriguing study I came across appeared in the February 22 edition of
the Archives of Internal
“Researchers analyzed the results of 40 randomized clinical trials involving nearly 3,000
patients with a variety of medical conditions. They found that, on average, patients who exercised regularly
reported a 20 percent reduction in anxiety symptoms compared to those who did not exercise.‘ Our findings add to the growing body of evidence that physical activities
such as walking or weight lifting may turn out to be the best medicine that physicians can prescribe to help
their patients feel less anxious,’ said lead author Matthew Herring, a doctoral student in the department of
kinesiology, part of the UGA College of Education.”
I first began walking for anxiety on a daily basis after
experiencing my first few panic attacks. While I was walking, I would notice every now and then that I would
just experience a moment of spontaneous happiness.
Walking is very helpful for anxiety but it is something
that’s very good in many other ways. I came across something
very interesting from Harvard
Health Publications, from Harvard Medical School. Two
scientists from University College London performed a meta-analysis of research published between 1970 and
2007. They found that walking reduced the risk of cardiovascular
events by 31%, and cut the risk of dying during the study period by 32%.
publication also states that “walking improves cardiac risk factors such as cholesterol, blood pressure,
diabetes, obesity, vascular stiffness and inflammation, and mental stress.” It goes on to state that “Walking and other moderate exercise programs also
help protect against dementia, peripheral artery disease, obesity, diabetes, depression, colon cancer, and even
Aside from the physical and emotional benefits
described, the experience of being outside with nature can be extremely powerful. It allows you to take in the sights, smells, sounds and feeling of the
breeze. Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D.,
attributes the loss of connection from the outside world as one of the causes of depression. Walking for anxiety is one key recommendation by many psychologists.
Walking can also open up your creativity to generate new
it’s something related to a project you’re working on, or even a problem or something that’s been
bothering you. You will probably have moments of clarity
where the solution to a problem just seems to come to you while you are walking. I think that it can be a great way
to unleash your creative side for a variety of things.
Here are 10 good reasons to start
walking for anxiety:
Walking doesn’t cost any money.
It doesn’t require you to learn any special technique.
It doesn’t require any special equipment.
You can do it alone or with others.
It can make you feel better.
It can make you physically healthier too.
You can do it at any age. If you start walking
now, it’s something you’ll likely be able to keep up into your golden years and beyond.
It’s a great routine.
It gives you something to look forward to
It can be a great motivation for others to become physically active. Your routine of walking for anxiety, and walking in general, can
serve as a great example to others and improve their lives too.
There are many more effective things that I would like to share to help you break free from
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