Welcome to Living Well With Depression. I'm Donna Fish.
For years, researchers have explored the mind-body connection…and various studies, have confirmed a relationship between one's physical state and one's mental health.
When it comes to depression, these studies show that regular physical exercise can decrease symptoms and help keep them from coming back.
Here are some suggestions on how to ease exercise into your daily life.
Despite the importance of staying in shape, putting this idea into practice is easier said than done when you're living with depression. But a workout doesn't have to mean work.
Start off by identifying activities you know you already enjoy. A leisurely bike ride or vigorous afternoon spent in your garden… even a simple walk can work wonders.
Not only does it increase blood circulation, it helps oxygen and glucose reach your brain, which can help you think more clearly.
And if you opt for a walk in the great outdoors, you'll be taking another step in the right direction, too… with the help of the sun.
Vitamin d, regulated for our bodies by the sun's rays, has been found to give our brains a boost of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin.
The next step is establishing an exercise routine. Most doctors recommend at least 30 minutes of physical exercise a day.
And set goals for yourself to help you stay motivated. Just remember to be realistic because achieving these goals can add a valuable boost in self-confidence.
Most important, prepare to have a few setbacks along the way. Don't let a missed workout make you swear off exercise forever. Allow yourself the opportunity to start fresh the next day.
That's all for now. Thanks for joining us on living well with depression.