Life has gradually become more demanding over time. As technology and sciences advance, society must adjust to the keep up with the constant stream of new information. Furthermore, the daily grind every one of us goes through makes it obvious as to why so many are stressed out and overwhelmed. Our brain simply cannot keep up. Even when people go on vacation to de-stress, they still have the nagging reminder at the back of their mind that a bill needs to be paid or a task at work still needs to be completed when they return. Thus, they may even be more stressful while on vacation than they would have been if they stayed home.
A better solution that costs less and works infinitely more to help destress is exercising. When I say exercise, I don’t mean running a mile, while trying to post a picture on social media. Exercising must be done with determination and focus. As we exert ourselves, our mind is forced to work with our body to find the most efficient way to finish our task without depleting all our energy. In doing so, the mind throws out the nonessential such as worry or anxiety. Anything outside our body simply disappears. We don’t think about ongoing wars in the Middle East, politics, or even what to make for dinner later. Nothing but that single point in time matters. Time spent exercising is the reprieve our brain needs to decompress.