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This is the eighth in a series of posts about depression and more importantly, how we can take steps to hopefully keep it under control.
After I was diagnosed with depression, I was convinced I could limit both the frequency of my ‘bad’ days, and also the severity of those days. I researched everything I could about how other sufferers deal with their condition, and listed all the advice I thought could work for me. This resulted in fifteen steps, which I’m covering over fifteen weeks, and this is number eight.
Step 8 – Animals make Simple Connections
AKA – Exercise
Keeping fit is good for us.
In my early thirties, I realised that I couldn’t have a strong mind without a healthy body, and that when I exercised I was happier.
Ever seen a dog in the park just running around, changing direction quickly, jumping and generally having the time of its life? That’s because it is!
Animals make simple connections – they eat when hungry, and if they’re tired, they sleep. And they realise that exercise is great.
When we work out, the brain releases endorphins, sometimes known as the feel-good chemical. I see it as our minds’ way of providing a connection, telling us we should get active more often.
I try to exercise every day. It could be a walk, a run, swim, or a cycle. Lifting weights and yoga are favourites too. I’m not a full-time fitness weirdo – some days I don’t want to do anything at all.
But I know that, when I do make the effort, I’m in a better place afterwards.
Just like that dog in the park.
Step 9 – Bag of Spinach hard to Swallow?
AKA – Herbs, Minerals, and Supplements
You can read about my hike across Scotland, while coming to terms with the fact I had depression, in my latest book – High and Low. Just click on the image for details.