Hello everyone! I hope you’re all doing well. Today, I am going to discuss depression, which is a sensitive topic for most of us, including me.
I am sure we all know someone who has been struggling with depression. It is so difficult to see people we love pick themselves up with such difficulty and then fall back down. So we are going to keep it real today.
Remember that the very first step in depression recovery is going to a therapist. Make sure you are comfortable with the therapist you choose and take the medication that they give you.
Once you have completed step one, remember that there are other steps you can take for recovering from depression as well. There are certain things you do, with your effort, to relieve the misery that has taken you over.
One of these steps is exercising. Exercising is highly beneficial in depression recovery. I know quite a few depressed and anxious people who have benefitted from regular exercise. There are many scientifically proven reasons behind this.
Let us look at some of these reasons:
Keeping Hormones in Balance
I’m sure we are all aware of the fact that depression is not just in your head. Depression takes you over with the help of hormones. There is a lot of medical mumbo-jumbo involved, our cortisol goes up, dopamine goes down and what not but the result is depression.
Exercising helps keep your hormones in balance. Exercising daily can lower cortisol levels in your body. Cortisol is the stress hormone of our body, and it has a big hand in making us feel sad.
The other advantage of exercising for relief from depression is that exercise helps release endorphins in your brain. Endorphins are the feel-good hormones of your body, and they help in making you feel happy and relieved. You can say that using medical marijuana for stress and depressions will have the same effect as exercising because of the endorphins that are released into your blood.
If you have ever had an intense workout before, you have probably noticed that your muscles are sore and your body hurts but you feel great regardless. This effect is all thanks to the endorphins.
Helping You Stay Active
One of the main concerns of people who suffer from depression is that they are lethargic and stay in bed all day. Many people who suffer from depression sleep all day and don’t even get up for their regular tasks like showering and eating.
When a person willingly stays active, he can sideline the depression with relative ease. And the best way to stay active is through exercise.
Exercising early in the morning increases your base metabolism. Better metabolism helps you stay active all day. Naturally, when you stay active, you also become distracted from your depression.
I understand that the thought of getting up and doing something so energetic early in the morning is probably not the best idea for someone who suffers from depression, but you can ask a friend or a loved one to help you out with this! I am sure a lot of your friends would love to be there for you if you asked.
Boosting Your Self Esteem
As someone who can empathize with most people who suffer from depression, I know that it isn’t exactly the most confidence-boosting condition to go through. Depression makes you feel like a sick person who is not good enough to do anything.
In this situation, it is imperative that you give your self-esteem and confidence a bit of a boost in any way possible.
There is an old saying that goes “When you look good, you feel good.” I understand the implications, but we cannot deny that this saying holds some truth, right?
I have noticed that even your very first bout of exercise brings a change in your looks and your behaviour. After you continue the practice for a couple of weeks, it starts making a real impact on your body.
Imagine you going out someday and receiving compliments from everyone you know! I don’t know about you, but nothing makes me quite as happy as compliments do!
You can then come back home and look at yourself in the mirror. Maybe you will find a different person staring back? Perhaps you’ll even want to put on some lipstick the next day! After all, why shy away from being beautiful?
Helping You Sleep Better
I know I said that people who suffer from depression spend all day in bed, but that does not mean that they are undergoing a restful sleep.
Sleep is essential in helping us get through the day; too much sleep is as harmful as too little sleep. And to sleep better, you need to make sure your mind and body are both tired in a good way.
And what can tire you out better than a couple of reps? Wake up in the morning, follow your exercise routine; you will notice that you are much more active throughout the day. Then, you will sleep like a baby. And you will feel better about yourself because your day was so much more productive than you imagined!
Relieves Co-Occurring Morbidities
Depression is a very debilitating condition. Not only does it have an impact on your mental health, but it also really takes a toll on your physical health. There are a large number of co-morbid conditions that manifest themselves in your body when you are depressed; these include high blood pressure, headaches, bloating, nausea, and many others.
The primary purpose of exercising is that it helps you get better physically. So once you start exercising daily, you will notice that these co-morbid conditions will also begin to fade away on their own. If you haven’t faced any physical manifestations yet, you will be one of those lucky people who relieved their depression before it went that far!
Currently a student of English Literature, in his final years, James Martin is passionate about writing his thoughts in words. He takes up writing projects in his leisure time to accompany his studies. Generally, understands the essence of writing on every topic, but especially those that relate to his field. He regularly writes at https://cannabismo.ca/