This is a terrific article and echoes what therapists have been telling me all my adult life! Not always, but frequently -- you can lighten depression by moving your body around in a walk or a couple of sit-ups. Just about anything that gets you out of your chair will help a bad mood, if the problem is not chronic and debilitating. Of course, this is not always an answer but it sure has helped me out over the years.
Some good suggestions, but what if you can't do something right then, i.e., you're at work and have a big project to finish? You just can't get up from your desk, and go for a 10 min. walk. Good way to lose your job, or get so far behind you have to stay late. So what do you do? You're stuck.
It's easy to say "get up and move when you're depressed". Try doing that when you're overwhelmed with grief and trying to scream without alerting the neighbors. I've been battling bouts of depression and anger since my mother died in Sept. Getting up and going for a walk or any kind of exercise is completely out of the question. I simply can't do it.
I just did this today. I was feeling bored and stressed; plus, just generally blah. It's a cloudy day. I finally convinced myself to do my scheduled workout. Now I feel so much better.
6/3/2014 8:26:15 PM
Wish there was a way to save this to my page lol
5/24/2014 9:26:18 AM
New mood to consider: Perplexed. I have a really hard time making decisions and tend to eat while I'm procrastinating and thinking over the options. I bet simply taking an outdoor walk and mindfully noticing things along the way would go a long way to helping me out. And by the time I got home, I'd probably have an answer!
Awesome ideas. There is no longer any reason to use being in a funk as an excuse to self sabotage hard work and progress by stuffing your face or being a couch potato. You don't have to run a marathon, what I have learned is that any exercise is still exercise. If I only walk around the block because I am tired or I am too busy or squeeze in a ten minute cardio routine, that's OK. We won't be super motivated every single day. Just do what you can.
This article is great advice. Walking outside feels so good I try to do it everyday. At least 3 times a week I walk at apace to make to me a little breathless ( about 25 mile minutes) The rest of the time I walk with my husband or friends at a pace that we can carry on a conversation. Walking is great whether I'm try to improve my emotions or my heart thru aerobics.
I really love this article. It covers all the bases!! I've found that no matter what mood I'm in, kickboxing & zumba will help get me out of the funk. It's hard to be upset/sad/angry when you're dancing or moving around.
I use the kickboxing it makes me feel like I did something I shouldn't have but it burns the stress off that way I can say at least it wasn't on them or to them in person just in my head I guess is safer than blowing up on someone else that's why the kick boxing is my favorite who Evers making me angry that my target for the day if I'm not angry or frustrated or upset its walking the boring walking I get to board with it
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