The truth about life’s challenges
A new study has found that healthy living can boost people’s ability to resist stress.
The research, published in the Journal of Health Psychology, found that when healthy living is the goal, it can help people cope with stress.
Dr Sarah Smith from the University of Queensland in Brisbane and colleagues wanted to know if healthy living was the only way to reduce stress.
“When people are feeling stressed, they may also be feeling like they need to do something to relieve it,” Dr Smith said.
“But what if the goal of getting better is to get better at not being stressed?”
In other words, if stress is not an important part of life, and we can focus on things that actually help us feel better, like a healthy lifestyle and a healthy mind, then maybe that’s where we can get the most out of life.
“Healthy lifestyle and healthy mind Dr Smith’s team recruited 1,500 participants and divided them into three groups.
Participants who said they wanted to get more physically active, and more active in general, were matched with two groups who wanted to avoid getting too much exercise.
For example, participants who said that they wanted more physical activity were more likely to report anxiety, compared to those who didn’t. “
The two groups were very similar,” Dr David Mazzucchelli, an expert in the neuroscience of stress at the University, said.
For example, participants who said that they wanted more physical activity were more likely to report anxiety, compared to those who didn’t.
“That might be because people want to avoid anxiety when they’re at home and they don’t have time to exercise,” Dr Mazzuchelli said.
In addition, participants in the group who were more physically fit were more at risk of developing depression and anxiety.
Participants in the stress-avoidance group were also more likely than the other groups to have an eating disorder, and the group with an eating problem was also more than twice as likely to be suicidal.
In the physical health group, participants reported less physical pain, more sleep, less stress, and better quality of life.
The researchers also looked at whether the stress was a cause of depression or anxiety. “
We’re not going to be able to get rid of stress entirely, but we can increase our resilience to it.”
The researchers also looked at whether the stress was a cause of depression or anxiety.
They found that participants in both groups reported experiencing less depression and less anxiety than participants in a control group.
“People who had a greater desire to be active were also better at preventing stress, because the more they felt physically engaged, the more likely they were to be healthy,” Dr MacGregor said.
Dr Smith and her team also looked into how the stress reduction could help people with eating disorders, and found that those who were physically fit reported less anxiety and more positive emotions.
“This was surprising because we thought that physical activity would be the one thing that would reduce people’s stress levels,” Dr Smithers said.
But the team also found that physical health improved when participants who reported having an eating disorders disorder also reported that they were physically active.
“They’re saying they feel less stress because they’re able to maintain their physical activity and their mental wellbeing,” Dr McAndrew said.
The study also found a link between physical fitness and psychological wellbeing.
Participants with higher levels of physical fitness were more resilient to stress, more likely not to experience depression and to have a better overall mental health profile than those who reported low levels of fitness.
It is unclear whether physical fitness would also help prevent or treat depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, but Dr Macgregor said it was interesting that physical fitness was linked to increased mental health in healthy people.