On Monday a friend asked me how my weekend had been. The truth was that I had been depressed for most of the weekend: So the weekend seemed long, empty, and dark. When I began describing my weekend in terms that reflected how bad it felt, I found that my sadness deepened. Note to self: telling stories about sadness can sometimes make it worse! What are you telling yourself today that might be making you sad, lowering your energy, etc?
By India Court MacWeeney
How to Overcome Exercise Issues
Exercise is important for our general health and it also part of effective strategy for dealing with depression. For depression, exercise can release "feel good" endorphins, increase the blood supply to your brain and give you a feeling of self-mastery. If you get some of your exercise outdoors you can have the added benefit of getting exposure to energizing sunlight.
In our recent poll on exercise obstacles we heard that a lack of energy was the most frequent issue - cited by 31% of respondents. Nineteen percent said that "it's too hard to do anything on a regular basis" and 15% cited physical limitations. All of these reasons might be rooted in thinking distortions about exercise. For example we might think that we can’t exercise because if we expand any of the very small amount of energy we have we will be even more lethargic. Or we may imagine that there is no form of exercise that we can do that would be worthwhile at our diminished energy level.
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