Chapter 11
Additional Strategies to Calm the Body and the Mind
In This Chapter
• How exercise quickly changes levels of brain chemicals that regulate mood
• Using exercise to solve feelings of anger or intense irritability
• The effectiveness of exercise in treating depression
• Dietary strategies and bright light exposure
In this chapter, we are going to expand our repertoire of strategies to calm your body and reduce stress. The focus here will be on the role of exercise, diet, and exposure to bright light (which is a surprisingly robust way to alter brain chemistry).

The Benefits of Exercise

Among all self-help approaches, exercise is one of the most potent approaches to reducing nervousness, irritability, moodiness, and depression. Although ...

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