Been feeling down or anxious? If you want to reduce anxiety and improve mood, walking at a moderate pace or practicing yoga are often suggested. A 2011 study of 34 adults who practiced yoga or walked was reported by Chris Streeter, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and neurology at Boston University School of Medicine. The study found that those who practiced yoga reported significantly greater mood improvement and anxiety reduction than the walking group. In addition to the study participants reports, brain scans were done of the participants which showed that the yoga group had higher levels of the brain chemical gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) which produces calming effects.
If you want to add yoga or walking to your daily life to boost your mood, but are having trouble getting started, hypnotherapy can be an excellent tool for motivation. Get moving. Feel great. Be well.