Hey Lovelies! So I had another blogger reach out to me about sharing my story with mental health and fitness, well I kind of had like a mini story but not really a story but we were talking a little and I absolutely love the idea of fitness and Mental health.
Of course, all the professionals and studies say that exercise is a great way to help cope with a mental illness, because it releases neurotransmitters that make you feel good and happy.
If you, yourself, have experience fitness as a coping mechanism (or a way of life) and it has helped you on your mental health journey…. PLEASE reach out to her and share your story! It would be amazing and you never know who you can help out and inspire!
I asked Stevie (The amazing and beautiful blogger behind Gains & Brains- I know really catchy name!) to share her story because I wanted you all to see how fitness can change your life or your mental state because I for one, do fitness-y type stuff!
Side Story: I’ve danced for years and it has helped me with my depression and just help me release all the stress, sadness, anger and tension! I always was going to the gym twice a week (on top of dance two times a week) with a really close friend of mine for a couple weeks, my friend also struggling with depression, and we both felt a lot better after our weekly workouts. Well since spring break as ended, we haven’t really been to the gym yet, and the snow makes me SUPER lazy! And I am taking a stress management class, and we did yoga for the past week and I absolutely love it. I’m trying to work it in daily in the morning or at night! Either going to yoga session every Tuesday and Thursday or doing it on my own in my room and with the lovely Youtube! But I will write about this more in another blog!
Now.. More about Stevie!
I asked her to write her own story and share it to you, all the lovely people reading my blog now! So here’s her story!
“Fitness has saved my life.
When I was 14, I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression. The doctor automatically prescribed me with medication and no suggested therapy or lifestyle change. I am by no means against medications but I found something else that worked a hell of a lot better. It seemed as I got older, my symptoms worsened. It wasn’t until I hit rock bottom that I realized I needed a change.
Before I started seriously working on my fitness goals, I was living an incredibly unhealthy lifestyle. My college apartment had a refrigerator full of beer. My meals consisted of whatever was the only semi-decent food being offered at the student center. I did not care enough to teach myself how to cook or how to make healthy choices. I had no interest. Alll i wanted to do was drink. This led me to not only gain some extra weight, but also feel worse and insecure. After I graduated, I continued making these same unhealthy choices even at home. I entered a job that was extremely stressful to the point where my anxiety caused me to barely eat. I was so irritable, moody, sad, anxious, angry all the time. I finally decided I had enough and it was time to start taking care of myself. I also luckily found a new job (in the mental health field woo-hoo!) which was a major help.
After losing about 15 lbs from stress, I decided I wanted to gain some weight back, but in muscle. My older brother had always been a gym-goer so he was the first person I went to for advice. He explained to me how to split up my work outs into separate muscle groups and gave me the healthy meal plan that he was following. We headed to the gym on back and bicep day and that was the exact day my life started to change for the better!
I decided to go into the mental health field because I have a passion for helping people. What I came to realize, though, was that you cannot help other people when you do not know how to take care of yourself. I love the quote “You cannot pour from an empty glass.” It really makes so much sense.” -Stevie (Gains&Brains)
I really hope you get inspired by her, because I know I am! If you have any questions or need advice or tips, or if you want to share your story… please follow the link below and reach out to her. She’s really really nice and super supportive!
Keep it dorky,
With lots of love, Jade ♥♥