Walking, jogging, swimming, weight lifting, and other forms of exercise can help reduce physical tension. Exercise can also provide an outlet for your emotions, distract you from worries and disturbing memories, and can help increase your self-esteem and feelings of control. Learning to relax and meditate can provide excellent benefits for anyone suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, or depression. Learning meditation techniques such as mindfulness, deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation can help you reduce anxiety symptoms and, at the same time, increase your sense of emotional well-being.
Meditation can help you calm your “fight or flight” sympathetic nervous system, reducing stress hormones.