Stop Stress for Good: Exercise to Fight Stress
Easy Stress-Relieving TipsEditors' Favorite Stress Busters
"I like to run long. Just go and go until all I can think about is right foot, left foot, right foot. I find the steady rhythm soothing."
-- Julia Savacool, articles director
"I found a total-body conditioning class that I love. The instructor plays great '80s music and is super high energy. I always feel more relaxed afterward."
-- Bethany Gumper, senior editor
"I take a walk with my dog. He's always excited to see me, and strolling through the park gives me a chance to decompress."
-- Sara Wells, nutrition editor
Ever notice how your guy friends seem immune to situations that stress you out? Could be that you're overthinking things. "Women tend to ruminate," says Carolyn M. Mazure, PhD, professor of psychiatry and psychology at the Yale School of Medicine. "Our sense of blame tends to be more internal than external, while men typically attribute shortcomings to external factors." In other words, after a tough race, men might blame the crowded course or hot weather; women are more apt to chalk it up to their poor running skills. That constant self-criticism may be part of what makes women three times more likely to become depressed in response to a stressful event, according to a study in Psychological Medicine. Next time you catch yourself dissing your performance, stop and think about external variables that could be playing a role. It's not about dodging responsibility, but about being open to the fact that you don't live in a vacuum.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, September 2010.
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