BENZTROPINE. DIAZEPAM. CHOLECALCIFEROL. ETODOLAC. METHOCARBAMOL. SODIUM CHLORIDE MIRTAZAPINE. AMLODIPINE. ARIPIPRAZOLE PRAZOSIN. QUETIAPINE. SIMVISTATIN. LITHIUM
These were 13 of 21 medications prescribed to me in the hospital (January 2011), diagnosed with PTSD and manic depression. Depression isn’t easy, and most aren’t even aware that there may be unresolved issues with your life. Some days are great while other days can be somewhat challenging. In fact, it is usually the friend or family member a co-worker or spouse that notices a change in behavior. Having depression can lead to so many negative responses; under/over eating, detachment from reality, avoidance of friends and family, drug and alcohol dependence. Depression can cause psychological and physiological shutdown and even lead to suicide.
I would like to point out that “Big Pharma” and medications are sometimes needed to maintain wellbeing. But there are holistic approaches and alternatives to medicine such as the right counselor, herbal and natural remedies, yoga, and even working out
So how does working out protect you against depression? Studies have shown that working out can reduce the symptoms of depression, panic attacks and anxiety. Working out releases feel-good endorphins, natural euphora-like brain chemicals (endogenous cannabinoids) and other natural brain chemicals that can enhance your sense of health.
It can also take your mind off worries, so you can get away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression and anxiety. A recent report from the Harvard Medical School Special Health showed other mental and emotional benefits of working out which contribute to lowering anxiety and depression:
Sharper memory and thinking. The same endorphins that make you feel better also help you concentrate and feel mentally sharp for tasks at hand. Exercise also stimulates the growth of new brain cells and helps prevent age-related decline.
Higher self-esteem. Regular activity is an investment in your mind, body, and soul. When it becomes habit, it can foster your sense of self-worth and make you feel strong and powerful. You’ll feel better about your appearance and, by meeting even small exercise goals, you’ll feel a sense of achievement.
Better sleep. Even short bursts of exercise in the morning or afternoon can help regulate your sleep patterns. If you prefer to exercise at night, relaxing exercises such as yoga or gentle stretching can help promote sleep.
More energy. Increasing your heart rate several times a week will give you more get-up-and-go. Start off with just a few minutes of exercise per day and increase your workout as you feel more energized.
Stronger resilience. When faced with mental or emotional challenges in life, exercise can help you cope in a healthy way, instead of resorting to alcohol, drugs, or other negative behaviors that ultimately only make your symptoms worse. Regular exercise can also help boost your immune system and reduce the impact of stress…
If it is CrossFit or a Vinyasa flow of yoga, they both have the impact of reducing depression and anxiety. You don’t have to workout for hours to notice a change in your mental awareness and comfort. A simple walk in the park can release endorphins and help with creating some sense of peace. My workouts are fun, and I do enjoy the physical aspect of it, but I can honestly say that I choose to workout to help fight my depression and PTSD.