Have you ever been so stressed out of your mind that you feel like you can barely function? Or maybe so anxious that you can’t think about anything else no matter how hard you try? Well, you’re not alone. With everything on your plate, including school work, your social life, a job, and trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, life in general can feel overwhelming and stressful.

Honestly, this feeling of stress and anxiety will come from time to time during school, but fortunately there are ways to relieve these feelings you are having. A key part in making sure your body is feeling its best even during the most stressful moments is to take care of your body with healthy eating and exercise. Now, this doesn’t mean you go on a fad diet or workout 6 days a week for 2 hours each day, but simply do something that makes you move and releases those endorphins.

Studies show that at least 150 minutes of exercise a week can improve your way of thinking and how your mind and body handles all the stress and anxiety. According to Mayo Clinic, regular exercise can increase self-confidence, relax you, and lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety. Exercise can also improve your sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety. All of these exercise benefits can ease your stress levels and give you a sense of command over your body and your life. 

Now, you may not be into cardio or weights, but stretching can be a form of exercise, too. Yoga and Pilates are a great form of exercise. And dancing or hiking can be a fun way to add exercise into your schedule.

The key to making exercise an important aspect in your life is to find a physical activity that you love. Whether that be a walk around campus or even a group fitness class at your university’s gym, finding an activity that you enjoy will be easier to make part of your regular routine.

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