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Using Exercise to Battle Depression

The last thing most people who suffer from depression want to do is exercise. The dark hole of depression can make it extremely difficult to drag yourself from bed. If you suffer from depression, it is imperative that you see your doctor or a therapist first, but don’t be surprised if they suggest some sort of exercise routine along with suggesting everyday activities so you have a daily routine. Daily routines are a great way to keep your mind busy and keep anxiety and depression under control.

Again, we all know how hard it can be to get out of bed, take a shower and even talk to another human being. However, if we start with small steps, even if we start out exercising fifteen minutes a day something will happen. We will start to feel better and before you know it, we’re exercising an hour a day. Your body and mind will start to feel better and after three weeks. Your body will crave and look forward to working out. Why do I say after three weeks your body will crave working out? They say that after doing something for 21 consecutive days, it becomes a habit. I tried this with a few activities, and after the 21 days I truly looked forward to those activities every day. This is why you build a daily routine of not just chores, but enjoyable activities. In the beginning, it may be tough, but stay dedicated, work hard and just keep picturing how much better living life on your terms will be, rather than having your mental illness in control. Here are some great reasons to exercise daily...

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  • Improve your confidence. As you get in better shape you will gain more confidence in yourself and your ability to meet your goals.
  • Increase your self-esteem. Exercise will improve your appearance and your sense of self-worth. It will also improve your health and vitality.
  • A distraction. Having a set schedule for your exercise routine, no matter what it is, gives you something to look forward to and can help take your mind off of your problems.
  • Stress relief. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress and frustration.
  • Getting out. Exercising allows you to get out and interact with other people, whether at the gym or just greeting people during your nightly walk.
  • Great coping skill. Exercise is beneficial to anyone who does it; it’s a positive way to deal with depression, anxiety and stress. Fact is you will benefit from exercise in more ways than you ever imagined.

Once you have started exercising, we want to make sure you don’t go aboard. Nothing will cause you to lose all interest more than a sore body or other injury. Here are some general guidelines to consider before you start your exercise program.

  • Talk to your doctor or therapist first. They can help guide you and refer you to someone who can help you set up an exercise program that’s right for you.
  • Set simple goals. Exercise should be fun and make you feel good. Don’t approach it like you are training for the Olympics. Start easy and build from there.
  • Go with what you enjoy. If you have worked out in the past and enjoyed it, or another hobby, start doing that again. For some people just simply going for a walk is perfect.
  • Find a workout buddy. Exercising with a friend is great for helping elevate your mood. It gives you someone to talk to and enjoy your workout with.
  • Go outside. Getting out in the fresh air and the sun is always a good way to improve your mood. Even if you workout in a gym, take the time to go for walks a couple of times a week outside.
  • Don’t let setbacks get you down. Some days you may not be able to get in your exercise. Don’t let that bother you, and it happens to everyone. Keep fighting and you will see growth in your life.

Using exercise as a treatment for depression is a growing trend. But you should always consult your doctor or therapist if you are feeling depressed or exhibit the symptoms of depression. Embarking on an exercise program on your own is not the right thing to do. It should be used in conjunction with other treatments such as medication and therapy. Taken together with other approved therapies, exercise can be a great way to help battle your depression.

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  • Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year.
  • 1.1% of adults in the U.S. live with schizophrenia.
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  • 6.9% of adults in the U.S.—16 million—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
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  • Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder, 50.5%—10.2 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness.
  • More than 90% of children who die by suicide have a mental health condition.
  • Each day an estimated 18-22 veterans die by suicide.
  • Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year.
  • Just over half (50.6%) of children aged 8-15 received mental health services in the previous year.

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