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  • Writer's pictureDr. David Della Morte Canosci


Cerebral stress is the leading cause of nervous breakdowns, otherwise known as neurasthenia. How can cerebral stress be prevented with physical activity? Can moderate or low intensity exercise relieve stress?

Nervous breakdowns are associated with a state of psychophysical fatigue in which a person feels crushed by either a sudden or constant disturbance. The high stress load can be attributed to many external causes, such as environment, social relationships, or economic/financial issues. However, it is important to remember that medical manuals do not define a nervous breakdown as a disease. Although it is a serious condition, it should not be viewed as an illness.


Some studies report an alteration of neurotransmitters, the hormones that transfer messages within the brain. With this in mind, it is possible that adjusting the balance of hormones and neurotransmitters could be a remedy.

Prevention must be considered a winning weapon and can be categorised into two types: primary prevention (a series of behaviours preventing the onset of a problem) or secondary prevention (the reduction or containment of harmful effects once the

problem has already occurred).

In both cases, moderate physical activity brings great health benefits for many reasons. Here are some suggestions:

  • OUTDOOR WALKS: walking, especially among nature, for at least 30 minutes a day helps eliminate toxins. What about hormone regulation? Brisk walking increases the production of endorphins, a hormone that causes, among other things, a sense of relaxation.

  • EATING WELL: although you might hear this a lot, it is also very commonly done wrong. Many people resort to do-it-yourself diets to try to lose a few kilos; however, it’s not simply a matter of cutting calories, but also giving your body the nourishment it needs to function.

  • IMPROVING SLEEP QUALITY: through a series of behaviours, you can improve your sleep hygiene. Among these, the most important are:

    1. Not eating at least half an hour before going to bed

    2. Always going to bed at the same time

    3. Keeping your mobile in another room

    4. Having a bedtime routine

    5. Not sleeping outside of your own bed

    6. If you can’t sleep, don't lay awake in bed

  • MEDITATION AND YOGA: take care of your mental relaxation through meditation and physical relaxation through yoga. These will provide direct benefit to your psychophysical well-being. These secular disciplines are backed up by history and science. Did you know that people with brain damage have been shown to respond better to therapy when they undergo meditation and yoga courses? This has been shown in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) tests.


It is important not to underestimate stress and, even though it is not considered an illness, it is important to talk to your doctor, who will know how to approach the issue. Episodes of a nervous breakdown can be part of a more complex anxiety disorder, depression, or hormonal changes typical of old age. They could also be confused with a neurodegenerative disorder diagnosis.

In any case, taking time to relax and set up new, healthy habits like walking outside, going on a balanced diet or detox, or improving your quality of sleep can be the way to a new life.


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