Stressed? Go for a Jog
Doctors often give sufferers of anxiety disorder powerful drugs to calm them - but relief could be found simply by going for a regular jog.
New research has found that hormonal and other changes triggered by exercise may be responsible.
Although everyone experiences anxiety, in some individuals the feeling can become exaggerated. It is estimated that one in 20 Britons will suffer at some time with the mental illness.
Symptoms include a tendency to magnify the consequences of often natural sensations, such as an increase in heart rate, or sweating. For them, a sore throat may be a sign of cancer, and a headache becomes a symptom of a stroke. In some cases, patients experience tinnitus, a permanent ringing in the ears. Full blown panic attacks are a more physical manifestation.
Cognitive behavioural therapy - a type of psychotherapy - can be effective in the long term, while antidepressants or tranquillisers are prescribed.
The new study, from the University of North Carolina, found that exercise can be just as effective as medication or talking therapy. …