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When you have anxiety or depression, exercise often seems like the last [...]

Posted by @kelseydm, Sep 24, 2015

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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@melissa333

I used to be extremely athletic and healthy I did yoga 5 or 6 days a week until I got severely depressed and January where I can’t even go for a short walk without feeling completely fatigued. Going from a completely athletic healthy person to being basically disabled with anxiety PTSD panic and major depression alongside with severe sexual dysfunction which causes me to feel completely inapt. I cry every single day and the most I can do is take my dog out for a walk if I’m lucky all of my dreams of doing any type of dance or yoga having completely put on the back-burner I have barely any energy I can’t find any medications that work I used to love exercise and I think in a way it also exacerbated some of my nervous system issues and release cytokines which inflamed my immune system in my nervous system sometimes and become overstimulated and over activated. Does anybody else have this problem with exercising vigorously with having types of chemical imbalances or mental disorders or however you want to think about it I found that my nervous system is highly reactive I find that little things take me down so easily. My resilience is very low my tolerance is . very low on my patients are low I feel like I have pain all the time and my body even though I eat all organic food and I try to walk with my dog and get sunshine I live in a warm State I just don’t understand my body and why I’m so uncomfortable all the time

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@melissa333 Thanks for joining our Mayo Connect community! I’m so sorry to hear of your PTSD diagnosis and the problems with fatigue. Have you had a physical check-up that would rule out problems like heart/lung issues, a neurological disorder, etc.? Have you talked with your primary care doctor as well as mental health professional regarding this fatigue? These might be good places to start. I also have what I call “exaggerated fatigue” (not a medical term but my own terminology) and it is related to neurological problems as well as heart problems. We look forward to getting to know you better. This is a caring community and we will “walk with you” as you seek help and support. Best wishes!

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Melissa333 it is a really good idea to check out your symtoms to rule out any physical reasons for your fatigue. Many times something in our environment or body can cause us to be ill or out of sorts. I am glad you are taking care of your body with good eating and walks with your dog. I know it can be hard every day tasks but that is one way to get your PTSD in control so that you can function. It is a good idea to go to your doctors with your concerns and get some help through medication if needed and counseling. It can really help.

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Hello @melissa333 and everyone else in the discussion.
I had depression and have been struggling with anxiety for a while. I find practicing yoga helps me. I also have a dog.

Have you checked this link before? http://stressfree.org Dr. Amit Sood who is a professor and chair of Mayo Mind Body Initiative in Mayo Clinic has been researching stress free living and happiness. His training helped me to understand why I have been struggling with anxiety from science perspective. Have you heard this before?

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Absolutely. My idea about exercise is to find something you absolutely LOVE doing. Roller blading, ice skating, pickleball, tennis, belly dancing have all been activities that I discovered I loved. It can take a while, and you may have to try lots of different things, but you absolutely MUST find something you LOVE doing or you will NEVER stay motivated unless you are a masochist, in which case riding the stationary bike in the gym for 2 hours is something you are already doing. Once you find the activity, staying motivated is easy. All you have to do is remember/remind yourself how terrific you feel when you do this thing you love and boom! you are out of the chair and moving.

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I have to make myself do it because I know that when I do I feel better. I also tell my husband that he needs to walk with me to just get me going. Sometimes it works. I try not to beat myself up if I don’t get it done that day.

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nojeanius
I have tried to get an exercise program started but hard to follow through because of the depression(not feeling like doing anything). I am 71 and unable to walk outside where I live, the side walks are uneven. I also have problems with my bowels and need exercise for that. We have a YMCA near us that has Silver Snickers but the bowel problem makes me feel anxious. I am doctoring for both the Depression/Anxiety, and my Bowel problem. I know some of the medication will cause the constipation. The anxiety is taking over and I.do not want to spend my Senior years staying home and worrying.
What kind of exercising will help me?

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nojeanius
I have tried to get an exercise program started but hard to follow through because of the depression(not feeling like doing anything). I am 71 and unable to walk outside where I live, the side walks are uneven. I also have problems with my bowels and need exercise for that. We have a YMCA near us that has Silver Snickers but the bowel problem makes me feel anxious. I am doctoring for both the Depression/Anxiety, and my Bowel problem. I know some of the medication will cause the constipation. The anxiety is taking over and I.do not want to spend my Senior years staying home and worrying.
What kind of exercising will help me?

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The bowel problem keeps me from going as I have gas, don’t know when I will go to the bathroom. Even if I wear adult panties the toilets are to far away. (also the smell – gas -and extra clothing.) I am sure if I could find something for home it would boost my spirits and hopefully help to control the anxiety and bowel problem. so I could go to Yoga I loved that but had to quite – afraid of the gas problem.

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@nojeanius

nojeanius
I have tried to get an exercise program started but hard to follow through because of the depression(not feeling like doing anything). I am 71 and unable to walk outside where I live, the side walks are uneven. I also have problems with my bowels and need exercise for that. We have a YMCA near us that has Silver Snickers but the bowel problem makes me feel anxious. I am doctoring for both the Depression/Anxiety, and my Bowel problem. I know some of the medication will cause the constipation. The anxiety is taking over and I.do not want to spend my Senior years staying home and worrying.
What kind of exercising will help me?

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Would your doctor refer you to a physical therapist? They could offer knowledgeable suggestions for appropriate exercises.

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Thank you, I did not think of that. It is worth a try.

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@nojeanius

nojeanius
I have tried to get an exercise program started but hard to follow through because of the depression(not feeling like doing anything). I am 71 and unable to walk outside where I live, the side walks are uneven. I also have problems with my bowels and need exercise for that. We have a YMCA near us that has Silver Snickers but the bowel problem makes me feel anxious. I am doctoring for both the Depression/Anxiety, and my Bowel problem. I know some of the medication will cause the constipation. The anxiety is taking over and I.do not want to spend my Senior years staying home and worrying.
What kind of exercising will help me?

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Unfortuarily the insurance may have something to say as to who you go to if they have that coverage or not. I know since I had to change insurance companies my present one does not always cover my basic needs and I land up with out of pocket expenses

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@nojeanius

nojeanius
I have tried to get an exercise program started but hard to follow through because of the depression(not feeling like doing anything). I am 71 and unable to walk outside where I live, the side walks are uneven. I also have problems with my bowels and need exercise for that. We have a YMCA near us that has Silver Snickers but the bowel problem makes me feel anxious. I am doctoring for both the Depression/Anxiety, and my Bowel problem. I know some of the medication will cause the constipation. The anxiety is taking over and I.do not want to spend my Senior years staying home and worrying.
What kind of exercising will help me?

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Have you gotten a gastroenterologist? I think I read you do. If you hadn’t already talk to him about your emotional feelings. Also see if there is a live support group you can go to so to share your feelings and as always keep coming back to this group for support and giving you the opportunity to vent and get answers from others feeling the way you do.

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