Mayo Clinic Connect
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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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 have said, I am a writer… lol… and write I can do!
(I also draw/paint, as a form of working through anxiety and/or MY depression/anxiety)
I am positive MY first message, will now lead to many others. I may pop up under many different discussions now… as I have many issues, that I continue to “survive” daily. (And, may I just say, “Hello” to you first, @Colleen Young, Connect Director. I believe, if you see my message, you will most definitely say Hello… 🙂 ) **
Remember this, if nothing else… YOU are ALL “survivors”!
Each of us, has hit bottom, as we consider the “bottom” to be for us… at some point, maybe over and over… and have felt that we have run out of our last bit of energy, due to what we have endured, and DO endure, daily.
YET something… “something” has kept you ALL here, all of US… to see the next day… and that “something” may be, OR IS, unique to us personally…
I am SO very thankful that each of YOU has “survived” the yesterday’s battles, to BE here today!
I thank EACH of you, for the wonderful insights, sharing of stories, messages and caring, I have seen and read, from SO many of you… Thank You, for being the wonderful YOU, that each of you is!
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@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?
@alysebrunella.. Hi to you!! 🙂
I’m also new, as a poster..lol And, um.. post I did.. lol.
I didn’t realize how long a post could be..MY message is in reply to grammydove, as well.. ABOVE^.
I apologize for having had so much to say, that I took up a lot of room. I tried to leave some room for others.. :/
So, I will end now..lol and ensure I leave room for other posters!!
~~Godspeed to you all… May today bring, EACH of you.. even a small piece of “positive” to your day!!
thanks for the support…other than sleepy and the constant fatigue, i feel fairly well this am…i did get 3-4 hours of sleep which has helped a lot…you post has upped my ‘self’ lots…just knowing someone knows what is happening and will take the time to support our unique problems and personalities…to be called a survivor, lets me know that i can do it…’I CAN DO IT’…to suffer as we do, and do it alone, is really hard…anyway, thanks again for the support…it don’t matter to me how long your post are, they are supportive and that is what we need…
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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
if i could just keep house and take care of my yard, i would be content…i do at times have the energy or embarrassment of the dirt i see on the floor…i went thru hell and am back this am…i have a nerve still pinging out the end of my big toe…iddt will eventually die and won’t hurt anymore…i don’t see that you need to be upset for what you do is just amazing to me…i am not in a wheelchair yet, but i have a friend who is…he gets frustrated so bad he doesn’t function well…anyway…you seem to be doing as much as possible…i admire you and wish for you more good days…
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i wonder how i survived the past without my faith in the Lord God…usually i just barrel through and come out messy but alive, still…i didn’t know, until 10 yrs ago that God wanted a relationship with me..since i found out that jewel, i have still had the pain, and it does sometimes take over my mind, such as last evening…but i do have comfort knowing that my Father God is holding me in his arms and loving on me…thanks for all the support i have gotten from all the people on connect…
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Hi @kimsworld. I have noticed you “liking” posts and thought you might be reading the discussions and connection here on Connect. Thank you for taking the courageous first step and supporting @grammydove when she needed a friend the most.
Kim, as a writer and artist, writing and exchanging with others on Connect will be a natural fit for you. Welcome aboard!
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Thank you, @colleenyoung 🙂
Yes, the first step is often the toughest, and now that I’ve taken it, I hope to add some input when I can. (And shorten my posts! lol)
Thank you, for the welcome. I knew I would one day be drawn, from a lurker to a poster.
@grammydove ‘s post reached my heart. Reaching out to grammydove was quite natural, once I saw her post. I’ve been in her position way more than I want to look back on, and count. I heard her, and I needed for her to know..
I’m very much a writer, and I love my art dearly. I’m also a great listener, and I will offer my support to all here in Connect!!
I look forward to meeting the members I have come to see posting, and to meet “new” members as they discover Connect!!
@grammydove, It may not be for us to know, how we’ve overcome some of our trials. Coming out,”messy” but ALIVE, is what counts the most! Your great faith, in God, has been proven that He is with you, in the toughest of times. Though your pain may not be gone, your heart may feel “lifted’. That is his comfort, to you. BELIEVE.. in Him, and in YOU! You are NOT alone, and you reached me.. so, your purpose here continues.. in this group, and in this great world! Godspeed~ Kim
@grammydove You are very welcome, my support to you is genuine. I Thank You, as well.. You reached my heart, with your words, and feelings.. that, I will always remember.
YOU can do it! YOU DO.. DO it! We ALL do. We ARE survivors! No matter our illnesses, or feelings of “I can’t do this anymore”.. something reaches our mind, our hearts, or we receive just the push we need, to refuel our strength.. and SURVIVE another day!!
I am VERY happy to hear your spirits have been lifted today. Hold that feeling close, and on a day that you may feel, “less” than you would like.. try to relax and imagine in your mind, how it felt. It may be just what you need, to get through a “temporary” low moment, and refuel you, once again! I wish you a great day, grammydove!
I am so sorry for your pain. Are you seeing a doctor for your physical pain and depression. I can certainly understand the depression that you are feeling, especially with all the pain you are having depression is not unusual with pain. The body is getting so beat up with no answer or solution in sight. Your brain just shuts down with feeling of hopelessness and despair that you are just overwhelmed. Its really important to get a hold of the pain by seeing a doctor even if you have to go to an ER. Once the pain is managed than you can look at your situation with clearer eyes.
Grammydove, my faith in God has kept me alive. When I’m at my lowest, knowing that God is always with me gives me a glimmer of hope. He promised never to leave us, even if we don’t really feel His presence. Feelings sometimes lie.
Hi @kimsworld , I agree wholeheartedly with @colleenyoung. You did a beautiful job reaching out to @grammydove when she needed a compassionate response. Thank you for your participation in Mayo Connect!
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@grammydove I’ve been touched as well by the wonderful way you can express your innermost thoughts in writing. Pain and depression are quite a duo aren’t they? I’m glad to know that you are a person who has recognized that God wants a relationship with you, that is a great realization. When pain and depression are at their worst the activities that we need to do are the most difficult. Might I suggest some gentle exercises? Are you near a year-round public pool that you can get to? I find that just walking in the water is a great benefit to the pain and stiffness I feel from degenerative disease, arthritis, osteopenia, Parkinson’s, etc. Pools are accepting places where people of all ages (and sizes) come to feel better. Since you are a person of faith, I would like to suggest a DVD that you can order and practice at home. It is a Tai Chi DVD. Tai Chi is very gentle flowing movements that can be used by people with all sorts of disabilities. While I don’t know that you have mentioned the source of your pain, this DVD was especially designed for people with disabilities: seniors, multiple sclerosis, stroke, Parkinson’s Diabetes, Heart Disease, etc. The DVD is taught by a woman of faith and she uses the theme of Creation (with Bible verses) to accompany her exercises. The great things about this DVD is that there are seven different exercises but they are only 14 minutes each, so you don’t have to go through a long period of movement in order to feel relief. When I’m having a difficult night and can’t sleep because of pain and/or anxiety (they do tend to be twins, don’t they?) I get up and do one session of an exercise and often I’m able to go to sleep. While I don’t like to “advertise” on Mayo Connect, if you would like the name of the DVD, I’ll be happy to post it. My prayers and best wishes go with you, @grammydove! Teresa.
grammydove you received a lot of good advice but I didnt see one of my favorites….laughter is the best medicine. I have Parkinsons and without you tube I dont know what I would do.I really enjoy the bloopers to shows like family feud, the late night shows, the Newlywed Game, etc. You can even work in some minor stretching and exercises while you watch. Good luck and if you like Family Feud, I would start with it. Kay
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Welcome @kimsworld! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and support with @grammydove. Feel free to post as much as you would like on Connect. There’s never too much to say when you’re offering advice and extending your support for others. 🙂
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