>FITNESS AND DEPRESSION
Anyone here started working out to cope with their depression? Can you tell me how it worked for you, please?
I've been diagnosed about a month ago and decided that before trying medication, I'll give working out/exercise a try. I've been hitting the gym for about a week now.
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Actually pic very related. Lifting and running raised me from the depths like nothing else. Everyday I wake looking forward to hitting the gym. Everyday I observe myself becoming better.
Lifting gives you control. Control makes you feel good. Feeling good makes you abandon depression
Why pic is related you ask? Cause just besides being in control, everyone starts miring. Dudes get jealous and girls begin flirting with you more. Makes you feel important and powerful.
Started working just less than a year ago after being on meds for a few months. I think being on meds helped give me the motivation to start and continue working out. I still take the meds, I still work out, and I feel ok.
It works. The daily endorphine boost helps temporary (daily) and will improve your depression in the long run. Look at it as a daily ritual and medicine, stick to your routine no matter what, and you'll get there.
Yeah I do it feels like my only reason to live and all i look foward to and afterwards i feel bursting with energy and great until the next day, but the cycle continues. It helps knowing that you're bettering yourself.
Thanks, bro. I will.
Have you ever felt your meds held you back? I fear I might become some sort of drugged up zombie once I do them
That's a very good mindset in my opinion, thank you!
Do you think it's healthy to feel that way ("my only reason to live")?
Do more, not only the gym. Go hiking, biking, swimming, running, play basketball, soccer.......but not only sport. Socialise!
Force yourself to do it. That is what helped me. I forced myself to go out. I forced myself to accept invitations.
Creating a better "you" is a pretty good reason to live.
Humans are social creatures too, anon; try asking any regulars at your gym on technique advice for shit like squat, OHP, bench, etc. Believe it or not, people like compliments and people like to teach.
It really helps it op, but you have to keep working out, it's not something you'll ever really beat, just something you can fight and push back.
Eventually though your defenses, no matter how resolute, will crumble underneath the indefatigable foe that is laying constant siege to your mind. It will raze the delusions of a good and happy life, a loving relationship, and a normal existence to the ground, salting the earth of your psyche ensuring that nothing positive will ever be allowed to thrive. As this ubiquitous darkness engulfs the kingdom of your mind the only light that will remain is the inevitable death and it's release we all face in the end. Until then though you will walk through life a shell of a man, not filled with anger or sorrow or pain, but hollow and devoid of all emotions, desires and dreams. The only enjoyable part of the day is the oblivion of sleep and each morning when you wake into a nightmare that you can't escape
Purchase something called Fulvic Acid, contains all the precious metals your Body requires. Eat green leafy vegetables and fruits. Drink lots of water. Workout hard and Smart, after that get laid. Depression will be a thing of the past.
yeah it helps
gives you a goal
you feel better in general when you get in shape
your confidence goes up
people will also treat you differently if you're shredded
go for it anon
we're all gonna make it
>went to gym today, felt good, lifted well
>should be studying
>have been sitting here for the past 6 hours doing nothing but browsing 4chan because total lethargy
>downloaded 3 games, played a level of one of them
>because I'm ugly nothing feels worth really doing because what's the fucking point, I'm gonna end up alone anyway, in a dark, empty flat, friendless, never to pursue my dreams
I can't even go to bed.
I still have to sit here, it's 11:55pm, and browse 4chan because maybe I'll find a game I want to play that will fill this fucking emptiness inside me that I can't get rid of.
But it won't and I know that.
only someone, not something
sorry for blogposting
I've been forcing myself to go out and do social stuff and I still feel very uncomfortable with it. Its been about only 3 months or so though so I'm not giving up. I can never just get into the moment you know? In conversation with someone I can't give my undivided attention to them for the life of me. Always feels like my self is about 6ft behind my mouth thinking about something totally unrelated, like I'm distracting myself intentionally from the situation because its uncomfortable but obviously just makes things worse. I don't know. I'm a mess.
Sorry to hear that you feel that way, but alone forever? Can't believe that. Maybe true if you keep that mindset and never leave the house, but anyone can make friends, find love and pursue their dreams. Whether you succeed at all of that is something else.
Never trying gives you zero chance.
Set a goal and go for it. At least fucking try.
How would suggest someone get back into sports as a young adult/adult?
I think the competitive and commmunity aspects would really benifit me and those in a similar position.
I made the mistake of avoiding interactions, relationships and activities back in highschool thinking it would remove pain would it only works opposite.
On those 4 other days, do things that aren't going to break down muscle tissue. Flow yoga is a good idea - it'll help keep your body loose as you rebuild and it'll also help build supporting muscle that might not be doing most of the work during your lifts. It's also good for maintaining metabolic activity on days you don't lift.
Outside that - walks, jogs and do that on bright days. The vitamin D will help with your moods. As well, vitamin supplements and magnesium will be useful.
Working out does work, but I personally venture that it's not enough.
I've come to rely too much on the hormone surge post workout. When I go without working out I get too anxious.
I have to find something else to focus my energy on to keep me occupied. If not I just sit there and dwell on everything I've done wrong, but it does help.
works fine. try to channel it as a motivation whether it be success with girls, financial, school etc. i went hard like that for 2 years and started getting results, compliments and it felt good broh.
Even if you're ugly you can still be athletic, rich, successful, influential and admired. Looks aren't everything anyway, and women will still be attracted to the "total package".
C'Mon cunt, live your life. Decide which arse you're going to kick, and go ahead and kick it.
It's helped me a ton, it's great having something consistent to work toward, and even though in far from being shredded its still given me a huge boost in confidence. just keep at it and the benefits will be worth it.
I hear you buddy. I think your appraisal is very accurate : your mind is going through an aversion reaction because it can't handle the risks and uncertainty of being fully invested in the moment.
A big part is just practice and eroding that mental barrier. Keep pushing your comfort zone. Also try to consciously become more involved in conversations , e.g. check your body language, avoid closing yourself off with your posture, gestures or language, use body mirroring and a subtle amount of repetition of what the other guy just said. Basically try your best to get on their level .
You can do it man. Keep chipping away at that granite.
I've had mild to severe depression since puberty, 24 now and I'm getting really tired of living like this.
It was manageable for a while but recently its gotten worse since I no longer have a job, my car is busted, and I live in the middle of nowhere so I can't even see anyone.
I'm a recovering fatty and was doing pretty well up until my car fell apart, now I've been stuck at home for a few months with no prospects and can't even get to the gym. It's getting hard, boyos. Depression plus cabin fever is a real bitch
I was feeling really down before the holidays. I started hitting the gym 4-5 times a week, sometimes more than that.
I have more motivation to get stuff done. It has definitely provided a bit more structure to my life.
how do you talk to doc about depression ? i mean ive thought about killing myself for the past 5 years at least every other month and perodically go through weeks of "whats the point" then ill be fine for a few more rinse and repeat.
just go in and say exactly that bud. a family doctor probably wont help you much beyond maybe recommending a therapist/psychiatrist though.
i chickened out three or four times before bringing it up. maybe you can write it down or send an email or something if that's what you're asking.
it's a huge weight off your shoulders
well yeah but thats exactly the problem i know ill walk in go hey doc listen i think about killing myself pretty often and ill say it as if it nothing big which then makes it come across as if im not serious which of course i am, as it stands i feel "normal" lets go do something chatty etc instead of im not getting up today, im not eating today, i cant even be bothered dragging myself into the shower today.
you have to force yourself
one day you'll look back and laugh about it: but things wont get better unless you take a step forward. get out of bed, lift, go shopping, whatever you need to do.
I went from a fat fuck who smoked to clean and fit. im no athlete, if I can do it anyone can.
>force self to go to the gym because its better than not doing anything
>force myself to lift the weight despite feeling tired because i always feel tired anyways
>run because its better than skipping the cardio because of lethargy i always have
>finish work out feeling indifferent
>rinse and repeat
>I'm gonna end up alone anyway
Not when you have us, anon.
there's a lot of science up in this
I've been lifting/running for my depression for 7 years anon, it's been my greatest ally.
Although I did have to get on meds last year, I've been off of them for the last 3 months and I can definitely say it's because I started focusing more on the weights
Make yourself into a god
Fuck your depression,
You're going to make it
I was medically separated from the military for depression and have since been actively trying to curb it. What I have found is that constant, consistent exercise is vital to getting and staying ahead of depression.
It's not a cure, but it's important to maintain if you want a better chance of having a significant amount control over your depression.