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Anxiety Management
There's no doubt that exercise can improve the symptoms of anxiety, as well as improving your health
generally. It's not a cure in itself, but you'll feel better if you can work some exercise into your life.

The ideal that's recommended is 20 or 30 minutes 3 times a week.

But if you can't manage that, or if it's just too intimidating, you could try 10 minutes a couple of times a
week. Any exercise at all is better than none - nothing is wasted. You'll find that aches and pains might
disappear - lack of movement can stress parts of the body.
What Kind of Exercise?
Any kind of movement is good. If you are anxious or depressed, you might not feel like getting into
exercise clothes - sometimes getting changed uses up all the energy that you thought you had. Let
standing more often - in itself, standing makes for a higher metabolic rate than sitting. Or maybe
get up and high-step through commercials.
The Power of Stretching

Stretching is not just for warming up or cooling down. It is also a form of exercise. Yoga is a good
example. Do you have a cat or a dog? Did you ever notice that they stretch almost all the time? Try it -
before you get up, stretch your body gently. Arch your back upwards like a cat or downwards like a dog.

When you stand, check out your hands. Are your palms facing your hips (which is good) or are they
facing the wall behind you (not so good). Sometimes people who are anxious tend to curl their bodies
weighting throughout the body. It's a simple thing to fix - roll  your shoulders back. You'll see that your
hands automatically turn to face your body. Be kind to yourself - doing this a few times a day will help.

When you press Go on a microwave, use those seconds for a stretch or a posture
adjustment. It's amazing what you can accomplish in 90 seconds or less!