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Sweating Out Sadness: How Exercise Can Help the Grieving Process

Sweating Out

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  • If you’re lost in a seemingly bottomless-pit of shock and disillusionment, exercise brings a sense of purpose and focus that requires nothing more than putting one foot in front of the other
  • Exercise triggers the release of neurotransmitters such as endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, glutamate, and GABA, which are well-known for their role in mood control
  • Exercise may fight feelings of depression better than antidepressants while relieving feelings of anxiety, pain, insomnia, fatigue, brain fog, and more
  • Exercise can help you to regain your motivation for work and other activities while installing a greater sense of inner calm
  • If you’re currently grieving, you needn’t get bogged down with the details… simply get moving; any activity that appeals to you is worth it – hiking, swimming, yoga, group classes, dancing, and bicycling

By Dr. Mercola

Any significant loss in your life can trigger a powerful grieving process. A death in your family, the loss of a pet, divorce, or even being laid off may send you whirling down a roller-coaster ride of emotions; numbness, anger, denial, despair, isolation, and depression… all are par for the course when you’re grieving.

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