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Exercise may improve mental health by helping the brain cope better with stress, according to research into the effect of exercise on neurochemicals involved in the body's stress response.

Preliminary evidence suggests that physically active people have lower rates of anxiety and depression than sedentary people. But little work has focused on why that should be. So to determine how exercise might bring about its mental health benefits, some researchers are looking at possible links between exercise and brain chemicals associated with stress, anxiety, and depression.


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Yoga for Anxiety and Depression




Study shows yoga may reduce stress.


September 16, 2009 - Since the 1970s, meditation and other stress-reduction techniques have been studied as possible treatments for depression and anxiety. One such practice, yoga, has received less attention in the medical literature, though it has become increasingly popular in recent decades.

One national survey estimated, for example, that about 7.5% of U.S. adults had tried yoga at least once, and that nearly 4% practiced yoga in the previous year.

Yoga classes can vary from gentle and accommodating to strenuous and challenging; the choice of style tends to be based on physical ability and personal preference. Hatha yoga, the most common type of yoga practiced in the United States, combines three elements: physical poses, called asanas; controlled breathing practiced in conjunction with asanas; and a short period of deep relaxation or meditation.

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Try to include glimpses of nature in your daily routine—actual nature, not a digital facsimile.

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Researchers measured heart-rate recovery—an indicator of stress—among volunteers performing mildly stressful tasks in an office setting. If a window overlooking a nature scene (grass, trees and a public fountain) was present, the subjects’ heart rates calmed down sooner than if there was an HDTV plasma screen displaying the same view. In fact, the TV screen had no more effect on heart rate than looking at a blank wall.



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Woman practicing yoga. Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found that yoga may be superior to other forms of exercise in its positive effect on mood and anxiety. 

ScienceDaily (Aug. 23, 2010) — Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found that yoga may be superior to other forms of exercise in its positive effect on mood and anxiety. The findings, which currently appear on-line at Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, is the first to demonstrate an association between yoga postures, increased GABA levels and decreased anxiety.

The researchers set out to contrast the brain gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) levels of yoga subjects with those of participants who spent time walking. Low GABA levels are associated with depression and other widespread anxiety disorders.

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People around the world often remark how being around their pets (now usually referred to as companion animals) makes them feel good. Much recent research supports this, as noted in a recent essay. Here are a few tidbits about what we know about the positive effect that companion animals including dogs, cats, and fish have on us. (see also and this) Marry Becker's The Healing Power of Pets and Allen Schoen's Kindred Spirits summarize much research that has laid the groundwork for current work on the nature of the human-animal bond and Michelle Rivera writes about animals in hospice situations and how they can ease human suffering in her recent book On Dogs and Dying

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