I recently sent an email out to my mailing list about how exercise is probably one of the most underused treatments for depression, anxiety and dealing with stress.
One of my clients who if you click this link you can find out more about them.
However, she replied with this.
I think the word ‘stressed’ is overused and I would not describe myself as stressed – I’m anxious – not in control – lots to juggle – sad –things are not the way I would like them to be and what passes for ‘normal’ is very hard to maintain.
Diet has gone to pot – I’m eating the wrong stuff partly because I’m back and forwards and not planning meals properly and partly because there are days when my stomach is in knots and I’m eating whatever I can bring myself to eat to keep myself going – Christmas pudding for lunch was not a great choice but on the day it was all I could face that was handy….!
It would be so easy to find reasons not to exercise but bizarrely I have badly wanted to and have been frustrated on the days that have not panned out as I’ve hoped. Not managed to get 5 or 6 days a week – from memory it’s more like 4 or 5.
I thought exercise would take my mind off things but it doesn’t – the opposite in fact – so that for me has not been a benefit.
When you are working with weights you really have to put all of yourself into it – some days that just hasn’t happened – I’ve gone through the motions and it’s been lacklustre and not very satisfying – but I guess it’s better than nothing. Other days I have managed to get into it and when you are cracking through what (for me) is a tough programme, you do feel strong and feeling strong when you are managing a load of keek is great.
I hate running. I hate every step. And there was one week where the weather was awful and I only ran once I think. But the post run high is honestly the best feeling you can get when you are feeling pretty rubbish in other ways. It’s the best free shot of whatever it is and a real ‘lift’.
So if I’m learning anything from this it’s that when things are rubbish and you can do very little about them, exercise really can give you a good feeling and help you deal with it. Weird!
So what do you think?