Updated: Oct 21
“More than 42% of people surveyed by the US Census Bureau in December reported symptoms of anxiety or depression in December, an increase from 11% the previous year.
Data from other surveys suggest that the picture is similar worldwide”. (Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00175-z)
What do anxiety and depression meds do?
Alter brain and body chemistry so you feel happy, or less sad.
When I was diagnosed with mild depression, I was told I had an imbalance in my brain and prescribed citalopram and I was on and off it for most of my twenties.
I felt tired and numb so I was constantly trying to come off them.
I wish I knew then what I know now.
You’re not broken or insufficient.
There’s nothing wrong with you.
It doesn’t have to be a forever ‘diagnosis’.
And guess what…
Instead of medications, try exercise.
Studies show more and more how exercise can be far more superior to helping with mental health issues than medications.
Especially exercise such as strength training.
Just like medications, exercise also changes the chemicals in our brains.
- Lowers the sympathetic nervous system.
- Strengthens the immune system.
- Creates healthier levels in the brain of Seratonin and noradrenalin.
- Increases andogenetics, that euphoric feeling you get from taking things like opioids.
- Effects hormonal health - balancing of oestrogen and progesterone so no thyroid issues for example.
- It encourages being present.
- Calms the body.
- Gives your mind a break from everyday life.
- It’s very empowering - feeling physically strong.
- It makes you feel alive, unlike meds.
And exercise is accessible to everyone.
You don’t need to go to a gym
You don’t have to have equipment
You don’t have to be fit.
Some psychologists are now recommending exercise to people who struggle with mental health issues.
I would love insurance companies to start covering personal training sessions.
The body is built to move.
I have been training consistently since 2010 and it’s my go to when I feel on edge, panicky, low in mood, stressed and worried.
It’s not about intense training daily.
Do something you enjoy.
Don’t put pressure on yourself if you’re starting from nothing.
Just do something you enjoy once a week and notice how you feel.
Then once it becomes an enjoyable habit, add another day if you want.
Create an environment where your body moves towards a happier state, just by exercising.
I would LOVE someone to come to me and ask to train due to having mild anxiety or depression rather than for appearance.
What an amazing change in the health and fitness industry.
If you're keen to get moving but need a little help in knowing what's best for you, drop me a message and we can have a quick chat - firstname.lastname@example.org.