There are many uncomfortable things that exist in the world today, but, by far the worst is anxiety. Anxiety is uncomfortable, time consuming and most of all unhealthy. So what can you do? Commit to relaxing? Well, what follows below will explain why taking a seat to relax could actually increase your anxiety levels and lead to unnecessary stress.
What Is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, dread, or unease typically associated with an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
Anxiety can come out of nowhere, but, causes of anxiety usually include: Stress at work, Stress from school, stress in a personal relationship such as marriage, financial stress, stress from an emotional trauma such as the death or harm of a loved one, stress from a serious medical illness, side effect of medication, and according to recent study remaining sedentary for long periods of time.
For years the epidemic of anxiety has grown rapidly, now reaching millions across the globe. In a study conducted by the University of Deakin, researchers focused on examining why sitting causes elevated levels of anxiety.
The research consisted of analyzing nine different studies that investigated the link between anxiety and sedentary behavior. The majority of the research material that was analyzed proved that there was a positive association between the number of sitting hours a person does each week, and their risk of developing anxiety.
According to Megan Teychenne, the lead researcher of this study, anxiety is far more dangerous than you might think. Anxieties symptoms include restricted breathing, headaches and an accelerated heartbeat. Anxiety has also been linked to instances of chronic heart disease and cancer.
Teychenne also states that “we are seeing an increase in anxiety symptoms in our modern society, which seems to parallel the increase in sedentary behavior,”
The data presented from five out of the nine studies the researchers found a positive association between the number of sitting hours a person does each week and their risk of developing anxiety. While data obtained through secondary research has proven that sitting for long periods of time can lead to elevated levels of anxiety.
Researchers are still unsure as to why remaining in a sedentary position for extended periods of time causes anxiety.
Natural Remedies For Anxiety.
Although we do not fully understand what specific factors cause anxiety in sedentary individuals,there is available knowledge on proven natural remedies that can help soothe or prevent anxiety.Although various teas, foods, and breathing exercise can help with anxiety, one of the most effective long and short term remedies for anxiety is exercise.
Not only does exercise help focus the mind it also helps improve confidence and physical health. By moving for 20- 30 minutes you can greatly decrease your anxiety levels.
However, like many illnesses anxiety comes in different levels of severity. If you feel that your anxiety has gotten out of control make sure to speak with a medical professional.