According to fresh study findings, sitting down is likely to give an anxious feeling. Many situations like job interview, meeting and travelling requires sitting down. The anxiety risk is heightened by such activities, reveals a research outcome. Watching television, playing games and working on desktop computer also come under this category termed as sedentary behavior. A deeper understanding of such behavior and their link with anxiety may be helpful. It assists in the development of strategies for treating mental health issues without any hassle.
Several studies reveal a link of sedentary behavior with the physical health issues. It includes diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis and heart diseases to say the least. There is only a limited amount of research linking the two aspects of mental health and sedentary behavior. It is basically the initial review for examining the bond between anxiety and sedentary behavior. The latter comes under mental illness which impacts over 27 million individuals globally. Being a deliberating illness, it leads people into excessive worry leading to hurdles in accomplishing tasks on daily basis. The physical symptoms include breathing difficulty, pounding heartbeat, headaches and tense muscles.
Researcher Megan points out the rise in the anxiety symptoms in the modern times. It runs seemingly parallel to the rise in the sedentary behavior. It was explored whether both the factors were related or not. Past research has displayed positive relation between depressive symptoms and sedentary behavior. It served as a foundation for deeper investigation into link between anxiety symptoms and sedentary behaviors.
An Australian research institute examined the findings of 9 studies. It was done to analyze the exact relation between anxiety and sedentary behavior. These studies varied in something flagged as sedentary behavior out of television watch and computer use to ultimate sitting time. It also included sitting up while viewing TV, work based sitting and transport sitting. Out of this, two were related to adolescents and the rest with adults. Out of 9 studies, rise of anxiety related to sedentary behavior seemingly was synonymous with five. Four studies revealed that ultimate sitting time was linked with heightened anxiety risk. Although the proof on screen time wasn’t sufficient but a study revealed that over 30% school students with above two hours screen time exposure can experience more anxiety.
The team of professionals conducted the research at an Australian Physical Activity and Nutrition
Research Institute. They suggested the link resulting from sleep pattern disturbances, bad metabolic heath and social withdrawal behavior. The latter proposes that prolonging sedentary behavior like television watch may result in withdrawal from the social relationships. It was linked to rise in anxiety as majority of studies within review were simply cross sectional. Understanding the real behavioral factors are really important, emphasized one of the researchers. Some researchers pointed out the need for deeper study for finalizing the outcomes of sedentary behavior. Research displayed that collected evidence signals a positive link between anxiety symptoms and sitting time. Directions of such relationship need to be decoded via interventional and longitudinal studies, say experts.
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