Alleviating depression through mindfulness and movement

11 Jul
Enjoying moving to music at The Garage, Norwich

Enjoying moving to music at The Garage, Norwich

Latest research shows that movement and mindfulness are significant alleviators of depression. A Harvard Medical School report  that reviewed studies dating back to 1981 concluded that mild to moderate depression can be helped by regular exercise at least as beneficially as antidepressants and that the positive benefits last much longer. They discuss the factors that contribute to this study’s findings and state that an increase in endorphins in the brain and the neurotransmitter norepinephrine had a positive affect. Raised self-esteem and lowered blood pressure were also implicated in how exercise helped to overcome depression. Regarding mindfulness, a similar review of 47 studies with a particularly sound methodology i.e. having both a control group and drawing subjects from people that didn’t already have a positive disposition to meditation concluded that mindfulness meditation does indeed help to significantly ease depression. Why did I choose exercise and mindfulness meditation to write about? Well Dance Fitness Norfolk just happens to cater for these requirements especially well and finding something you enjoy means you are more likely to practise on a regular basis and this is key for a happier, healthier life.