Opening up about Depression

I’ve learned through this journey as a blogger that sharing my story is a process… it’s part of using the experiences I’ve been through to help impact [even just] one person… so that my story can inspire others … so that my story isn’t just a story…

 

Today I am opening up about my life with depression + how exercise was the best medicine for me….

 

 

What I don’t refer to in the video is that while I was in that depressed state, I tried multiple medications that didn’t work well for me. They would ‘take away’ the depression or anxiety every once in a while but it would creep back in … I would have bad dreams .. the pros didn’t outweigh the cons. It was harder for me to wean myself off of them than it was to start taking them. Looking back, also, the doctors who prescribed them didn’t stop to talk to me about my issues and it felt like the medicine was just a ‘bandaid’ over the problems.

 

I am speaking strictly  from my own experience, as sometimes medication is what’s necessary in others’ situations, so please know that.

 

I just realized that I wanted to focus on holistic health. I am the type of person to only take medication because nothing natural works for me first holistically….even when it comes to a headache. I didn’t say it in the video, but I tried 3 anti-depressants that seemed to work at first but only gave me horrible nightmares, side effects, and didn’t fix the actual issue. I decided to stop medication and focus on natural fixes for my personal depression.

 

Exercise is magical. It releases endorphins that can impact you more than just the physical benefits. The mental benefits are underrated – I also did a post about them HERE.

 

Having positive support around me to keep me motivated in the form of friends and family + reading encouraging books such as The Daniel Plan encouraged me to share this with you.

 

 

How do you feel immediately after a workout?

What benefits of exercise have you felt besides physical?

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    June 3, 2015, 9:17 am

    Thank you for being open about your depression. It is something I have struggled with for years, and you’re right, exercise and being active does help. It’s not an easy thing to talk about but your are right, you never know who you can help when you do talk about it. You rock!
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    June 3, 2015, 10:41 am

    Thanks for opening up about depression Kat! I think I struggle with a mild form of it occasionally. I find that just talking to someone always helps! And exercise definitely helps as well!
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    June 3, 2015, 10:48 pm

    Exercise seriously cures the CRAZY!!! I ALWAYS tell myself that I cannot make ANY decisions or talk to pretty much ANYONE before I work out because I might say or make plans that I don’t actually want to do/say! LOL!!
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    June 4, 2015, 10:25 am

    Exercise really helps me when I begin to feel down and depressed. If I can just get myself out the door. You are right, it is such a help.

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    June 4, 2015, 4:29 pm

    I had the similar issue with my ADHD. Exercise helped more than any of the three medications I was on. (Two of which gave me hideous side effects.)

    I just wish that gym memberships or shoe reimbursements or something like that was included in my insurance coverage. It would save them a hell of a lot more than the cost of paying for 80% of my insanely expensive pills each month…
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