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Since you have become sober, you may have been trying to alleviate the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) without turning to drugs and alcohol. One coping skill that could be a healthy choice would be physical exercise. Finding the time and motivation to exercise is not only beneficial for your body, mind, and soul but can be exceptionally effective for PTSD outside of therapy.  

Exercise Improves Mood

Taking the initiative to get active just feels good. When you start physically moving at a pace that is right for your body, you will feel both revived and more relaxed. When the blood gets pumping, your body responds well to structure and self-care. Your body will also start to get toned with exercise and, when you look good, you feel good. 

Exercise Relieves Mental Health Issues

Since physical activity is a great way to relieve stress and tension, you will find that depression and anxiety caused by PTSD will also lessen with exercise. Yoga, cycling, pilates, and running are exercises that are exceptional in relieving symptoms of mental health issues. Breathing is a technique that is used with these exercises to help with focus and coordination.

Exercise Produces a Natural High

You may find that drugs and alcohol only exacerbated the symptoms of your PTSD. The good news is that you can attain a natural high from merely exercising. When the body gets physically active, the brain releases neurotransmitters and hormones that can make you feel good. When released in the brain, endorphins and serotonin will provide you a natural “runner’s” high that will give you an extra boost.

Letting go of trauma with exercise can assist you in sleeping better, give you a purpose, and a reason to suit up and show up. You should find an activity that you enjoy, such as swimming, dancing, or playing a sport that can give you an outlet to release your stress while having fun. Going for regular walks outside can also give you a fresh perspective and more clarity. On top of your recovery for addiction and PTSD, adding some exercise into your life will be beneficial and make you healthy all around. 


At The Guest House Ocala, our recovery programs include many experiential modalities, including traditional therapy, conscious connected breath-work, equine therapy, somatic experiencing, art in healing, grief therapy, mindfulness, and other forms of therapy. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 for more information.