Want to treat your depression quickly, safely and for free? Exercise!
Exercise is such crucial component of a plan to treat depression that it forms part of my 7 Essential Strategies To Overcoming Depression – which can be found in Beating Depression.
Exercise works and has no side effects (unless you REALLY over-exert yourself). One study shows that exercise can reduce depression by up to 47%. It really is a no-brainer!
But you don’t really want to exercise, do you? I know that feeling.
Why You Don’t Want To Exercise
Understanding and intellectually affirming the benefits of exercise is one thing. Actually putting your running shoes on and going outside is another.
When you suffer from severe depression, you can’t do anything. At least, that’s what it feels like.
You’re weighed down with an overwhelming sense of purposelessness and despair, so you won’t feel like things are going to get better, so what’s the point in trying?
To make matters worse, these feelings self-reinforce and you spiral further into inaction.
Even thinking of exercise is tiring. Exercise involves working up a sweat, long runs, exhaustion or hours in expensive gyms, right?
Exercise Is Literally On Your Doorstep
If you realise that exercise is not synonymous with marathons or intensive workouts, the fear and aversion subsides.
So let me tell you: Starting exercise doesn’t mean starting significant exercise and it doesn’t have to be hard work. Beating Depression contains some wonderful, fun ideas for activities which are so ridiculously enjoyable they shouldn’t count as exercise, but they do.
Starting exercise is as easy as stepping out of your front door. We’ll prove that, together, right now.
I want you open your front door, step outside and walk to your mailbox.
Then come back in.
Stop reading this article, and go and do it right now. No excuses. Come back and keep reading this article when you’ve finished. It’s ok – I’ll be patiently waiting!
That wasn’t so hard was it?
You’ve just set a Whisker Goal and completed it – a whisker of exercise. Congratulations!
Whisker Goals are small, no-stress goals. You set yourself a very small, easily achievable goal and then do it, without thinking about anything larger and doing nothing more than just that whisker goal.
The main purpose of whisker goals is very simple: You set and achieve small, realistic goals and PROVE to yourself that you are capable! Then you slowly scale up those goals.
Imagine a thoroughly messy cupboard in your house. You’ve been meaning to clean it for ages, but the thought of tackling all that disorganisation puts you off. You’ll do ANYTHING but take on this mammoth task, which could take you hours or even days!
But what if you set a whisker goal of spending just 5 minutes a day cleaning that cupboard? Set a timer, open the door, work on what is in front of you and – BING! – as soon as the timer goes off, close the cupboard door, no matter where you’re at.
5 minutes a day. For a week. The next week, you increase that time to 10 minutes a day. The next week, 15 minutes.
Pretty soon, without even realising it, that mammoth task of cleaning the cupboard was completed and was nowhere near as painful as you thought it’d be. Because instead of doing it all at once, you used whisker goals to break the project into small, manageable chunks.
The same strategy applies to exercise – start off with tiny whisker goals and slowly work your way up from there.
You have to act, or the only exercise you’ll be doing is in procrastination. Whisker goals make action easy and manageable.
Exercise Can Help You Treat Depression: Start Now
Wherever you are on the moodometer, exercise will benefit you and is a cornerstone of any treatment plan. Beating Depression will help you formulate that plan, thanks to a step-by-step guide to identifying and setting realistic whisker goals to get you started and active. It is is your mental health concierge to help you identify and develop a holistic treatment strategy to overcome depression that’s right for you.
The worksheets that come with Beating Depression help you to stay on track with your treatment plan by helping you monitor and record your progress. You will also discover a key tactic to make sure you keep to and slowly expand your goals and access the right kind of help at the right time.
Packed full of trusted, handpicked resources, pragmatic advice and impartial information, Beating Depression is both your mental health concierge and your companion for taking meaningful action to really tackle depression for good.