Emma from Is My Bum Big In This posted a really good blog post about depression and exercise yesterday – well worth seeing, it’s rare that reading an article on depression can be so uplifting!
Depression is something that Emma and I both battle with – and believe me, it can be a BATTLE. It is all the harder when you are surrounded by people who are ignorant, just don’t get it and worse, think you are wallowing or weak or self indulgent. Stigma makes living with a mental illness all the more a challenge, and also contributes to people feeling unable to ask for help.
She’s written a really good overview about what it’s like living with depression, how exercise can help, and about how it can be hard to help ourselves when we feel so awful – but it’s worth it!
Lately depression has really given me a good kicking, it’s made me just too fatigued, miserable, and in pain to live (and yet, like millions of people around the world, I still do it anyway.) The one thing that’s really shone through this for me has been going back to ballet recently. It’s even been difficult to get out and to ballet – so fearful am I, and so unable to cope with life – and yet, for that hour a week that I’m there and dancing – I’m on cloud nine. The contrast is incredible – shining hope and blissfulness surrounded by a pea soup of misery. Wow.
It’s very true that exercise is a great way to help yourself – it’s a natural mood enhancer, and part of why ballet helps me would be this. The other part is that it’s been my lifelong passion and something that has always been as crucial to me as the oxygen I breathe – to have been robbed of it for all those years was like being suffocated. I know that never again shall I bear to live without ballet in my life.
Whatever YOU like to do to get moving – is sure to be a great boost to your mood. Walking, running, dancing, kicking a footy in the yard – something that gets you MOVING. And even better? Something that gets you laughing!
Last night, Emma’s post inspired me to remember something I stumbled across in a random park years ago. A circle of people sat, clutching shaking bellies, roaring with laughter. I thought they must be bonkers!! And yet, I too started to laugh – I just couldn’t help it. I’d stumbled across a Laughter Yoga Club. Last night I googled Laughter Yoga, and trying to find a funny video of it being done (or happening, sounds better!) I ended up on a tangent that led to tears of mirth and random public dancing.
Would you break into dance in your grocery store?
And a call out to Missy – we need to see that video of you and your mates jamming in the grocery store!
Enjoy – hope it gets you dancing, too.