An important notice - Healthy Minds Canada has merged with Jack.org, the only Canadian charity training and empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health. As of March 1 2018, all HealthyMindsCanada.ca visitors will be redirected to Jack.org. Please sign up to keep up to date with Jack.org’s activities.

Continuing the trend of writing about important things that helped me with my recovery, the third one I will focus on is a generic one, exercising.

I know, I know, you’ve probably heard a million times before about the benefits of exercising and how it really helps with mental health, but it actually did for me. I must admit that when I was in the midst of a deep depressive episode, going to the gym didn’t help very much because I had so many negative thoughts in my head, felt very paranoid,  and just wanted to cry. It did help, however, after I was released from the hospital, and needed something to do instead of just lie in bed all day.

Most importantly, I kept up with going to the gym throughout my recovery, and currently believe it is a key component to maintaining my mental and physical wellness. It truly does make me feel a bit better and more energized, if done regularly. There are those days that I feel so lazy and sluggish, but when I finally push myself to do a workout I end up feeling better than I did before, and it helps me to get out of that state. I personally find work out classes to be very enjoyable and motivating since you are feeding off the motivation of others in the class.

I know not everyone can afford a gym membership, or it is not convenient to go to the gym, but there are tons of at home workouts you can find on the internet. You can find a video on YouTube of any kind of exercise you want, from basic ab workouts to Pilates and Zumba. You can also Google workouts and just print them out for you to follow. It is really difficult to motivate yourself to start especially when you’re drained from dealing with your mental health, but over time it will get a lot easier and more enjoyable.

Happy exercising!

About Elena B.

Elena is a 21 year-old college student, sales associate, and volunteer living with depression and generalized & social anxiety. Formally diagnosed with social anxiety in high school, Elena has struggled with it for the majority of her life. During her first year of university she experienced high levels of anxiety and had her first major depressive episode, which was followed by another the following year. Since then she has been recovered and focuses on her recovery daily. She currently runs a tumblr blog, where she shares inspirational quotes, images, and tips to help others with their recovery. Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.

Connect with us