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.