Can Exercise Reduce Triggers?

On Sunday, I partnered up with a friend of mine to start exercising together. We decided to start exercising on Monday. However, on Sunday, I decided to do a little exercise by myself. I did a simple “wake up” routine, and I was so tuckered out afterwards that I was wondering how the heck I was going to get through the exercise my friend and I had planned out the following day.

Despite my tiredness and slight worry, I was excited. Perhaps having an exercise partner that will not only hold me accountable, but also exercise with me on a daily basis, will eventually help lessen my triggers. Not only that, but I will be forced to eat better, which is something I haven’t been doing.

Monday came, and I woke up at 8:30am. My friend arrived at about 9:30am and we did cardio for about 30 minutes. We warmed up, ran for as long as we could, fast walked, then walked normally to cool down. We then went inside to do some cool-down stretches. I was extremely tired, but I was feeling great. I had forgotten how exercise can boost my spirits.

On Tuesday, we did the same thing, but we were already improving. We warmed up, ran, fast walked, ran again, and fast walked before cooling down by walking normally. It was also easier to keep up with him the second time around. I’m looking forward to continuing exercising with him.

When we went inside on Tuesday after doing our cardio, my dad was sitting in one of the chairs in the living room. I started to feel very anxious because my dad triggers me with his “s” sounds (among other things as well). I also didn’t have my earplugs in or my headphones on, because it’s easier to converse my friend without those. So, as you can imagine, I felt myself getting more anxious because of that fact. However, my dad offered to move so my friend and I could do our cool down stretches. I was extremely thankful toward him for doing that. I also noticed that when my dad talked, I didn’t get triggered. At all. I was pleasantly surprised, and I’ve been wondering if continuing to exercise will lessen my triggers further.

I have a feeling that, even if exercising doesn’t help me in that regard, it will definitely put me in a better mood anyway; a more positive mood than when I wasn’t exercising. Having a partner to exercise with helps, too, a partner who understands and supports me despite my misophonia.

I recommend exercising and eating better to everyone–those who are able–suffering from misophonia, even if it doesn’t help lessen your triggers. You can exercise on your own or with someone else. It will put you in a more positive mood, and you’ll feel at least a little better about yourself. And if it doesn’t put you in a better mood, you’ll probably notice a change in the way your body feels and looks eventually, because you’re strengthening it and making it healthier. Even though it’s only been a few days, I’m feeling so much better, and only wish to help others by sharing.

See you next week!


  1. I don’t have misophonia but I totally agree, eating healthier and exercising more really helps us to be in more positive or better mood!

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