Exercise Your Way Out of a Mental FUNK

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Sometimes the mind goes to negative places and it can get stuck there.

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I wish we were taught to EXPECT this.

I get in negative places a few times per year (happens to everyone).

The only way I can describe it is that life begins looking grey and dull at times.

I get less enthusiastic about stuff.

For some reason, I feel guilty about getting in this negative space in my head.

  • I forget this is to be expected.
  • I forget EVERYONE goes through this.

I’ve been on this planet for almost 50 years…

When my mind goes to this place it surprises me EVERY time.

mild depression

Each time is like the first.

I forget this has happened before and it is just temporary.

I remind myself that life needs contrast…

Without the lows, we wouldn’t appreciate the highs.

This “sort of” helps, but really my goal is to see the beauty and great things in life…

I want to begin to see life as colorful again.

woman bright flowers

I think it is extremely tough to “think your way out” of a negative mindset.

Your mind is in a weak place at this point.

Some people turn to drugs or drinking.

The way I look at trying to become happy off of drinking or drugs is BORROWING happiness from the future.

For every 1 unit of happiness, drugs give you now, you lose 5 units of happiness in the future.

Because of this…

I believe exercise is crucial during these times… the mind follows the body.

Exercise improves your mood

The body and mind are more connected than most people realize.

  • If you stand in a power pose, you become more confident.
  • When you make yourself smile the mind experiences a little more happiness.
  • …and when you exercise I’m convinced you can force your mind to take a more positive outlook on life.

Exercise could be the greatest mind-hack that I know of.

For me, here is the craziest thing about this.

Looking back on my down moments in life… almost all of them happened when I let my exercise routine slide.

Did I exercise less because I was slightly depressed.

OR…

Was I slightly depressed due to a lack of exercise?

I think exercise is just as important for mental health as it is for physical health.

exercise for mental health

I don’t believe I’m an expert on psychology, just because I know so much about fitness.

I just like getting these thoughts written down.

It is a reminder for me when I hit one of these rough moments again.

Notice how I said “when” and not “if”…

These down moments are an inevitable part of life. Please don’t EVER feel guilty or bad about this.

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WHEN you hit one of these points, see if exercise speeds up the process to see life as colorful again.

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Cheers,

-Rusty Moore

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