19 Jul '11, 8am

How to beat stress naturally

How to beat stress naturally

Chartered psychologist Paul Russell from The University of Bolton says that being active and exercising is one of the most natural and effective ways of managing stress. ‘Exercising is not about running the Marathon des Sabes [a 150 mile run across the desert],’ he says. ‘It’s about working at your own level and doing something you enjoy.’ Personal trainer, Ronnie Burgess , insists that exercise can be viewed as ‘meditation in motion’. It’s time for us; for reflection, for self-nurturing, it’s telling ourselves ‘you’re worth it’. ‘Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries,’ says Ronnie. ‘Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to weightlifting, can act as a stress reliever.’ Exercise has long been known to release our body’s own feel-good chemicals. ‘It also allows you to feel a great sense of achievement and pride when you ...

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