Hello Day Dreamers,
I mentioned in my previous post that I am finally free of a cast and I am trying to get back into a routine, but I am definitely still struggling with my wrist and will be working though physio for a while.
What I wanted to mention was the importance of physical activity and mental health. Over the past few weeks I have had a lot of down moments. I was feeling sad/angry/annoyed about breaking my wrist and after having my routine turned upside down I was not in a great place. In fact I got into a cycle. I was upset so I stopped working out, then I became sad/unmotivated because I wasn’t working out, and then since I was sad/depressed I couldn’t get myself to work out.
I can only speak on my personal experience, but the effects of working out on my mental health are huge. Not only do I feel good about myself, I am happier, nicer and all round a better person when I workout. Do I suffer from depression, no. Do I think I have mental health issues, no. Am I a doctor, no. However, I believe that I have better mental fitness when I follow an active and healthy lifestyle. What I consider mental fitness, is the ability to have a positive body image, to be happy, to treat others with kindness and to overall feel good about myself and my life.
When you are in that negative head space, the hardest thing to do is workout. For weeks I would tell myself, Monday, I will get back into it on Monday. About 6 Monday’s came and went and I still sat on my couch miserable. So I told myself, when my cast comes off there is no excuse. Finally last week I started working out again. Only twice (I was very sore from my first workout), but you know what, my entire mentality changed that week. I was a better mother, a better wife and when I looked in the mirror I had positive thoughts about myself. This is the power of 2 workouts, and about 60-90 minutes of my life.
All you have to do is get your body moving once. See how it changes your day, your mood, even your whole week. It is likely that you will feel good and do something active again and again, until you find your cycle of fit, happy and healthy. For me I like a fast paced workout, something to get my heart rate up and my sweat on, for others it could be as simple has taking a long walk everyday to brighten their mood.
I am not saying that working out can deter all mental health issues, but there is no doubt it can improve your day, your mood and get you on the path to being happy and healthy.