Coping with Depression Part IV

As I said in my previous post, dealing with depression in an abusive relationship is extremely difficult but not impossible. Read the following tips and just do the best you can. Remember, I care and want to help you. You can reach me at Heart 2 Heart Christian Ministries 817-689-9347. There is no fee for my DV services.

Exercise is something you can do right now to boost your mood. When you are depressed, just getting out of bed can seem like a daunting task, let alone working out! But exercise is a powerful depression fighter — and one of the most important tools in your recovery arsenal. Research shows that regular exercise can be as effective as medication for relieving depression symptoms. It also helps prevent relapse once you are well.
To get the most benefit, aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. This does not have to be all at once—and it is okay to start small. A 10-minute walk can improve mood for 2 hours.
Your fatigue will improve if you stick with it. Starting to exercise can be difficult when you are depressed and feeling exhausted. But research shows that your energy levels will improve if you keep with it. Exercise will help you feel energized and less fatigued, not more.
Find exercises that are continuous and rhythmic. The most benefits for depression come from rhythmic exercise—such as walking, weight training, swimming, martial arts, or dancing—where you move both your arms and legs.
Add a mindfulness element, especially if your depression is rooted in unresolved trauma or fed by obsessive, negative thoughts. Focus on how your bod feels as you move—such as the sensation of your feet hitting the ground, or the feeling of the wind on your skin, or the rhythm of your breathing.
Pair up with an exercise partner. Not only does working out with others enable you to spend time socializing, it can also help keep you motivated. Try joining a running club, taking a water aerobics or dance class, seeking out tennis partners, or enrolling in a soccer or volleyball league.
Take a dog for a walk. If you do not own a dog, you can volunteer to walk homeless dogs for an animal shelter or rescue group. You will not only be helping yourself but also be helping to socialize and exercise the dogs, making them more adoptable.

”The awareness of God’s presence energizes us for our work”. —Charles Stanley

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