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It’s the mental health vicious cycle: Exercise has been proven in study after study as one of the best remedies for anxiety and depression, yet getting sweaty is often the last thing anxious people feel like doing. Even worse, sometimes just the thought of going to a gym full of people in spandex is enough to trigger an anxiety attack. (Having a full-blown panic attack and need to know how to deal with anxiety? Use these tips for dealing with an anxiety attack in the moment.) Enter yoga. You can do it in the privacy of your own home and it’s gentle enough that most people can do it. “The endorphins that exercise helps to release are crucial for people with anxiety as they often have a small ‘window of tolerance,’ meaning stressors that seem small to others feel very big to them,” says Kelsey Torgerson, MSW, a licensed clinical social worker and anxiety and anger management specialist in St. Louis, adding that she personally does yoga four times a week. “Yoga increases that window of tolerance and builds stress management skills.”
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Feeling anxious and stressed out? A lot of people will take a brain break by scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Unfortunately, this “rest” may be doing you more harm than good when it comes to anxiety, says Rebecca Burton, a licensed marriage and family counselor. “Staying continually plugged in means you are susceptible to the anxiety-provoking events of the day, whether it’s that a good friend is ill or a large-scale disaster is unfolding,” she says. Not to mention how comparing yourself to others on social media can be anxiety-inducing in its own right. Why don’t you have 6-pack abs, an immaculate kitchen, and children that spout wise sayings every 30 minutes? But disconnecting can be harder than it sounds, as social media addiction is a legit problem. Instead of constantly checking your notifications, plan breaks, Burton advises. Use these 10 tips for having a healthy relationship with social media.