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When you have anxiety or depression, exercise often seems like the last thing you want to do. But once you get motivated, exercise can make a big difference. Has exercise ever helped you ease depression symptoms? How did you get motivated?
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I think that one reason my mental condition is better in the summer is that I spend most of my days outside, either with gardening or home and property maintenance. Both the activity and the sunshine have a positive effect on me.
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I try to garden year round…
Inside with a sunlamp is fantastic!!!
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I couldn’t agree with you more. When I get depressed the last thing I want to do is stay home and sulk. Getting out side just for the fresh air for a couple of hours helps. When I am outside I do not feel so alone I speak with passer byers and even read. My mind is active and sometimes I get lost in the story I am reading.
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Well, when I’m depressed, I want to isolate, stay in bed or vegetate in the recliner. Unfortunately, I have a responsibility to take care of our house and property, which is a big job. I have a list of things that need to be done, but not enough summer left to do them all. I know it’s good therapy. I just have to make myself get moving every morning. More often than not, I turn off the alarm and go back to sleep for another hour. I use a CPAP, and the sleep doctor wants me to sleep less. At least I don’t take a nap very often. Once I’m outside working, I can keep going, and don’t feel depressed. Today, I finished painting the storage building we just put up, and planted a few things. The weather has been a little cooler than normal, but sunny and warm enough to be outside. I hope it doesn’t freeze for a few weeks, because the garden has been really slow to produce this year. I have tomatoes, potatoes, onions, bell peppers, yellow squash, beans, snow peas, mini pumpkin, and a couple of other squash plants. I’ve been working on putting barb wire above the 5′ fence, up to 8′, to keep the deer out of the garden. They do a lot of damage to the fruit trees, flowers and vegetables. Bambi isn’t such a cute little thing anymore, having put up with the deer for the past 20 years.
Having peripheral neuropathy adds to my depression, and makes it a painful ordeal to walk much. Sometimes the pain is the reason I lie in bed or sit in the recliner.
Speaking of bed, it’s that time, so I’ll quit boring you with the details of my life in the country.
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Your post was not at all boring. I know with depression the best thing to do is the hardest, but it sounds like you are doing the right thing and keep busy, At least your mind will be busy and you will have better thoughts than your depression. Depression itself is not like a cold you pop a pill and it goes away. It’s a mind body process . See a doctor about your physical concerns and your depression and I am hoping to hear from you as you progress
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depression has invaded my life like a fungus growing on a tree…it doesn’t just grow on the one side as a real fungus does, it wraps itself completely around me…i am not a lesser person because of the depression, but sometimes i feel as if i am…tonight i am dealing with the pain of a nerve stinging, burning running out at the base of my left big toe…i have taken ibuprofen, lyrica and have put two pain patches on my spine…i have been dealing with a lot of pain for the past few weeks…now it appears it all has settled in that one nerve…i want to scream, but it’s 1:15 am and i have close neighbors…would it help to scream, no…but i still want to do it…when my husband died, i went to the farthest room in my house and just let loose…i can’t do that here…tonight i feel closed in, trapped…i have no control over this nerve…i have no way to stop the pain…no way to live with it…i’ve been to bed, now i’m up for the night it looks like…dear God, how do we live through this…i understand the concept of suicide…not that i would do it, but i can see why someone would…i’m not always this dull…pain seems to override me…sciatica has been grinding into the right hip and leg…that doesn’t even register tonight…i need to beat on that big toe…i need to stomp on it…i need to rip it off my foot…God please, ease the pain…give me a bit of relief…pray for me…pray for others dealing with pain…physical or emotional…i’m going to close now…i’ve never written while in this strong of a pain before…i don’t know a lot of what i’m saying…i’ll read it tomorrow and cringe…
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I live by exercise to fight depression. I use Pilates, Bio kinetics and cycling in my fight against MSA and to stay mobile as long as I can. I always have this lovely endorphin like feeling afterwards. Go for it to the best of your ability.
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I’ve been seeing doctors for 10+ years about depression, and 3 different neurologists and a pain specialist about peripheral neuropathy. Next week, I have an appointment with a lung specialist. I started back on morphine sulfate contin today, just 15mg for a few days. My feet hurt less than usual today, even though I was on them most of the day. I hope the morphine will help reduce the pain. Sunday will be the test, because after church we always do our weekly shopping. I was on a ladder putting up some drip flashing, painted a door frame, worked in the pasture, trying to stop a major leak in the irrigation line, dug thistles, and helped move the irrigation pipes to the next setting. I have manual irrigation pipes, that have to be moved morning and evening. There are 7 or 8 30 ft. pipes to move. Usually someone else does it, but I’m going to try to start helping them. That counts as quite a bit of exercise.
@grammydove, welcome to Connect. You’re doing the right thing by reaching out to others. Connect is community where people with similar conditions, experiences, etc. can talk and support each other – and I’m confident that you will find support here. I’d like to introduce you to @safetyshield and @jimhd. @grammydove, how are you feeling today?
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This is MY very first, “Hello”. I extend a hello to EVERY one of you, here in the Connect group. My name is Kim.
I have been… rather a lurker, (just a reader) on Connect, for almost 2 months or so. Reading posts, noting information written by other members, clicking the “like” button for messages others have written, and simply… just shaking my head in agreement, in several sections of Connect!
THIS post though… well, it drew me out! I knew eventually one would, and @grammydove, yours was it.
(I’m not sure how to tag someone in my post… if it posts at all… *sigh*)
I read this soul baring post you wrote, grammydove, and my heart felt your pain, my eyes watered in empathy. I HEARD YOU!
I believe, IT is at our rawest moments, that we sometimes find that our inner thoughts, turmoil’s and feelings, surface. Maybe without even knowing they’re going to surface. In addition, YOU did that here, grammydove!
I relate, on SO many levels, to your feelings, grammydove. NOT so much the pain you experience, as I’ve a host of different pain areas, which I “survive” with daily. I related to you, from a tired heart, and mind… that only wants comfort.
I’ve always been a journal writer… since I was about 13 yrs old, and my closest, most loving ally, in my life, passed away… my Grandma.
I am now 47 yrs old, and I think of her every day, as if we just spent the day before, together! May she always RIP.
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Since then, I have taken pen to paper, fingertips to keyboard, and I have written! Letting EVERY feeling, word and emotion I have, flow through my fingertips! As YOU, have done here.
You wrote so passionately… that I could FEEL what you were feeling!
I was SO very “with” you, just by reading your words! ~~ I send you, *hugs and warm smiles* grammydove…
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DO NOT cringe, grammydove… when you re-read, what you have written! (Maybe you shouldn’t re-read it at ALL!) Because in one of your darkest hours, YOU reached out, let your pain flow through your fingertips, and “let out” SO much hurt, pain, feelings of defeat, anger, pleas for comfort, AND raw emotion!! Do not cringe in humiliation, embarrassment, or in regret, that you wrote such truly moving feelings!
Kelsey, (Connect Moderator) @kelseydm, (Hi Kelsey, my name is Kim. 🙂 ), started this thread, almost a year ago… in relation to dealing with depression, and or anxiety, through exercise.
HOWEVER, WRITING is a beautiful catharsis, a release, a way of letting go, or easing the mind of what it, and your heart, are experiencing! So many wonderful people, in Connect, have added, “What works for them” OR “What they try to do”, to deal with pain, anxiety, depression… in this very thread! Now you have as well, grammydove!
Please, Do NOT regret what you have written. I am sure, that many others, that have read what you wrote… related, felt, or have experienced exactly the same raw emotion, you so beautifully, yet painfully, expressed in this Connect group thread!
(They may not know exactly the same sources of your physical pain… as we ALL experience different sources of pain… BUT I guarantee, more than ONE Connect member, besides myself, read what you wrote, and felt your emotion… and “know” exactly how those physical pains trouble the mind, drive us to the brink of our sanity and back, and make us cry, in the middle of the night! Or day…)
Chronic pain, illnesses alone, IS causally related to anxiety and depression.
Maybe your physical pain prevents you from walking too much, at all, or maybe you cannot use your hands to garden, or to do something you wish you could, etc…
YET, when you needed an outlet, a cleansing of your mind… you found it… through your writing! A “positive” found, when you only felt “negative”, surrounding you.
You prayed so openly to God… for comfort, to be able to make it through your darkest hour, last night… and HE was there, with you. I know because I heard you… and it drew me out, from just reading the Connect member’s messages, to WRITING a message of my own, on Connect. This is my very first message, on a Connect thread! I thank you, grammydove, for helping me to do that!
Do NOT feel defeated if your body cannot do what it was once able to do, or if it takes longer to do something… or if you just cannot do it today, or at all.
And I know, that is easier said than done… but grammydove… WRITE… when you feel like you did last night, or when you’re having a good day… which I hope are going to be many more..
WRITE, and do so… without regret! Keep it private… or share your words here… but USE the power of writing, when you need to. For it is a release, a cleansing of the mind… AND others, like me… will HEAR you!
I hope that you have awoken today, feeling a bit less burdened, after writing so openly, last night.
Do not despair, if you did not. Hold your head high though… AND know you touched my heart!
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