Have you ever wanted to go to a gym, but your anxiety has stopped you from actually going in?
You are not alone.
The gym can be incredibly daunting. You are surrounded by fit people, you feel like everyone is judging you and what are you supposed to do in there? I mean, getting out of bed and getting dressed was already hard enough this morning. I had to put up a front and hide my depression for over 8 hours at work today which cost me all my energy. You want me to go to the gym and make me feel more uncomfortable? NO THANKS.
One in five Australians suffer from a mental illness. I am the one out of five who struggled with anxiety and depression for many years. I discovered the power of fitness four years ago.
Exercise has absolute transformed my body, mind and soul.
And I have some good news, it can be the same for you.
We are giving you 5 tips that will help you beat your anxiety!
Talk about it. This might be the hardest task, but it is the most powerful. It helps people understand you. It brings people closer to you. Hiding behind a ‘happy mask’ is very tiring and draining. You could talk to your friends and family, but there is absolutely no shame in talking to a psychologist either.
Anxiety has a tendency to take over your life and leave you feeling overwhelmed. Suddenly there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. Schedule your time. Write down everything from doing the dishes to your meetings. Make sure to also plan your ‘relaxing time’.
Surround yourself with like-minded people. People that inspire you and can help you out when you’re feeling down.
When was the last time you did something for yourself?
When was the last time you have spent an hour without interruptions?
Can’t answer these questions without thinking too hard? Time for self care!
Find an hour every day (remember to plan) where you can do something you love.
You knew we were coming to this right?
Exercise makes you feel good because it releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin that improve your mood. All you need to do is start.
Go for a walk or exercise in the comfort of your own home. Once you feel comfortable with exercising, get a Personal Trainer or join a group fitness class to stay committed. Find something you enjoy. I personally love heavy lifting. It makes me feel powerful and strong but this can be different for you.
Remember that no growth is achieved in your comfort zone. If you are waiting for a sign, this is it. The hardest part you are about to embark on, is walking out of your front door. You’ve got this.
What is the first thing that you are going to try?
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