When the dark blanket of gloom sets in, picking up your trainers and hitting the gym is probably the last thing on your mind but it might as well be the first thing your therapist recommends. Regular exercise is linked to psychological and emotional benefits. It helps ease depression symptoms. Here’s why it’s an excellent addition to your depression treatment plan.
- Exercising releases feel-good chemicals in your brain.
- It gives you a sense of achievement thus increasing your self-esteem.
- It takes your mind off stress and worries.
- If you can’t get sleep, exercise is known to help improve sleep too.
Getting your heart rate up with exercise is beneficial, all you have to do is find the motivation to get up and get going. Here are a few ways to do so.
Do something you might enjoy
If the gym routine is not really your thing, you can experiment with a bunch of workouts to get your daily dose of activities. For instance, dancing can be a good form of exercise as well as a fun and social activity. Likewise, biking, jogging, swimming or yoga can all be workouts as well as mood enhancing activities.
Don’t think of it as a chore
When exercising becomes a chore, it becomes another stressing activity you need to get off your list. Look at it as part of your schedule as you would look at your therapy session, as something that will help you get better. And that is why you need to pick an exercise routine that makes you feel good rather than some chore you need to get done with.
Begin tracking your activities
Knowing that all your efforts are reaping positive results can be motivating. That’s why tracking your activities in real time can be beneficial. This awareness about calories burned can motivate people to strive harder. When you strap on a fitness band, you can just go about doing all your activities and leave the tracking to the band. This sense of achievement will help you feel better.
Get over the obstacles keeping you from getting a good workout. Do things that motivate you to race up your heart rate. It may not be the ultimate solution but this will help ease your depression symptoms.