Where are you running?
Today I felt for first time on my run that I was running to something rather than from my problems. This follows a series of mental changes I've been experiencing over the past few years.
"When we see ourselves as running from things, our mind associates our direction, our change with negativity. When we run towards things, we see change as positive, as new, as beneficial."
When we see ourselves as running from things, our mind associates our direction, our change with negativity. When we run towards things, we see change as positive, as new, as beneficial.
Your openness to the world grows, and your flexibility skyrockets. Things that once were fearful, like success or failure are less relevant and things like effort, motivation and movement become more important.
I've noticed a trend with my moods and my motivations. Whether it's a correlation or a causation I am not sure, but my instincts tell me it's a bit of both, and I would venture to say it will work the same for you.
When I was working on making my body med-free, I doubled down on my health to offer a safety net once withdrawal kicked in.
Nay... I tripled down.
I read horror stories about the path off medication, since the pills are effective, targeted, powerful chemicals aimed directly at the most sensitive organ in your body, your brain. There is no planned procedure to wean off most psychotropic medication, and the withdrawal symptoms, even in formerly healthy people are often the same exact symptoms as the disorder they are designed to treat. This may be temporary, and in healthy people often is, but people going through this process sometimes experience permanent brain damage during this withdrawal period from sudden chemical trauma to brain circuitry. To my knowledge, I haven't as a couple years year after I became med free, my intense anxiety, reactability and other oddness weaned to a normal level.
With my tripling on my health and fitness, I noticed a correlation. I tend to be fulfilled, happy, and productive with high self-esteem during the periods where I was regularly exercising. In the periods where I slacked off on my diet and exercise regimen, I tended to flunk into reactive mood swings and unpredictable behavior.
This is a consistent finding in my life.
Exercise is the best medicine.
Want a better outlook on life? Looking to become more physically resilient? Run 3 times a week. Lift weights. Do 10 pushups when you wake up.
It is the best medicine.