Fighting Depression with Exercise

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Fighting depression can be a difficult task and finding things that help you on that journey can go a long way. One thing that helps many in the battle with depression is exercise. Everything from weight training at the gym to running the streets in your neighborhood can become a valuable tool on your journey. Let’s take a look at how exercise can help you fight depression

Exercise releases endorphins. A natural feel-good hormone that can help fight the effects of depression giving you more energy and helping you feel good emotions that can be a struggle to find in your life when fighting depression.

Exercise is a great way to work off stress and frustration. Depression often takes hold when life gets difficult and you struggle to deal with stress and frustration of everyday life. This can compound the issues surrounding your depression. A good workout can beat stress and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to face the day.

When you exercise and take on new physical challenges you build confidence in your own strengths and abilities. With exercise you can grow strong and find confidence in yourself all around. Along with increased ability, your body will change for the positive with strong muscle and healthy shifts in shape that you can not get from dieting. This is a huge way to gain confidence if you have body image issues.

Exercise is a great opportunity to join a sport or activity you love. This will allow you to meet like-minded people and allow you to become part of a community. Find a sport you love to enjoy the benefits of exercise and new friendships you make.

Exercise makes a great distraction from everyday life. When you are depressed it is easy to focus on the unpleasant things in your life. A good healthy distraction will help put your mind in a better place so you can fight depression head on.

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In the world full of negative impacts- be the positive in others lives. xoxo Melissa

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