Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Self-Help

So, yet another long delay between posts due to being busy and actually getting along pretty well, mostly. While things haven't been perfect, I would say I've had a greater proportion of good times than I would consider usual for me.
I've always doubted the benefits of exercise for depression, but I really do put a lot of my improved mood down to the significant increase in the amount I have been exercising. I didn't start doing it to improve my mood, I wanted to lose weight, which I have started to do. I suppose part of the lifted mood is likely to be due to the fact that I have lost a few pounds, but I'm pretty sure it's more than just that. It has taken a while to get used to doing more exercise, it wasn't nice at first, it was hard, I got sweaty, I ached, I felt sick and I often felt exhausted afterwards. But, even after just a week it was getting better, and now, slightly more than 3 weeks on, I feel better when I have done some exercise than when I haven't. I still wouldn't go so far as to say I enjoy the actual workout/exercise experience, but the after effects and benefits are definitely worth it as far as I'm concerned.
I know it can take a lot of effort, an incredible indescribable amount of effort to pick yourself up and do something, anything, even the smallest thing, like getting out of bed. At times like that, exercise is the furthest thing from your mind. Sometimes you just have to take those days, I still have days when I can't get out of bed, but I try to keep it to just one day. Small steps are always going to be easier than big leaps, so take your bed day, but try harder to get up the next day, then try going for a walk the day after that, then slowly work some exercise into your day. Routine can also be really helpful in managing depression. Having a 'routine' for dealing with bad periods can help prevent you getting sucked into the black pit and feeling like there's no way out. Don't let yourself get lost in the depression.
Now, I know I'm going through an ok period, so it's easy to say these things and not always as easy to do them. All you need to do is try. Try a little bit every day and eventually it will pay off. Always give yourself credit for trying, even if you don't get any major results. I've gone from someone who can't get out of bed to someone who's exercising 5 times a week and has lost 5 pounds in 3 weeks. If I can, you can at least give it a shot ;)

I hope you're keeping well,
Betty
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