Letting your emotions bottle up inside can cause mental and physical stress.
Exercise Equals Less Depression Stress and Anxiety
You know as well as I do that exercise is productive activity in getting our bodies fit.
Did you know exercise also eases the symptoms of depression , stress, and anxiety.
I know when your depressed, your immobile and unmotivated, exercising is the last thing you want to do. Believe me, I know that exact feeling.
However, I also know first hand the benefits of working out to reduce the symptoms of depression.
During my workouts, I am able to think clearly. I often schedule myself to put in at least 30 minutes a day for workout. This takes place whether I’m in the gym or at home or even at work. If your schedule is as busy as mine, you don’t always have time to get in your car and head to the gym.
Often people find that they need a little support when trying to maintain a healthy living. I have an Apple Watch workout buddy to help out with that.
My friend Raq and I often compete in our workouts. When neither of us feel like working out we motivate each other to do it anyway. We both admit to how good we feel after the exercise. It sets the tone for how our day or night will turn out. Workout with a buddy increases your chance of fulfilling that workout task for the day. It does not hurt to bring someone in your exercise journey to keep you motivated. That way your more likely complete your workout routines.
Post workout I feel better mentally, physically and I’m more conscious of what I eat.
Get your workout on!!
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Medical Appointments & Covid = Stress and Anxiety
Medical Appointment During Covid can be stressful and activate your anxiety.
Often it is unknown what to expect during your medical appointments, except that your wearing a mask when you attend, and you can’t exhibit any symptoms of a cold or allergies, you also can’t travel outside your state or for us who live on the northeast can’t travel outside of the Tri-States.When you walk through the lobby doors your so focus on keeping your social distance from others that, your not watching where your going. During this process your feeling a bit awkward around others, because we’ve become so busy trying not to make others so uncomfortable and a little paranoid about the off chance of you or them contracting the virus. Avoidance is our best defense. Right?
Then you approach the elevator, this tiny claustrophobic metal box. Even without the existence of Covid you don’t want to ride it. The door opens and it like 5 people on the elevator comfortably riding like sardines. Your mind says; No Thanks I will take the stairs.
You take two steps backwards and swing open the entrance door to the stairs and walk up the stairs and you feel as though your fighting for your last breath. Thoughts 💭 ? Possibly out of breath due to lack of activity in the last year,(Desperately in need of getting back to the Gym) or CORONA is that you?
Then you finally make it to your doctor office and your hit with temp check that everyone can see and hear and you pray that you don’t have the recommended temperatures that screams COVID ALERT COVID ALERT.When that Infrared thermometer reads 98.4 your normal there is this sigh of relief.
Then you scoot down to the next process. Going to the registration station where your met with a large plexiglass and chairs blocking you from moving closer to the counter where your use to leaning on to register or sign in. Instead your screaming your name, date of birth , or possibly telephone number or address. Which is uncomfortable because nothing is private anymore. You whisper your information, you’re asked to repeat it because your not being heard.Then you asked please pass me a paper and pen so you can write it down. Then your met with a look that screams WE GOT A LIVE HIGH MAINTENANCE PATIENT HERE.This one can’t just fall in line like the others.
You take deep breath’s, well as much as you can with your face mask. You sit and wait for your name to be called and when it’s called, your body is riddled with anxiety because of anticipation when you walk towards your private room.You walk in the room greeted with mask wearing requirements guidelines plastered on the walls and counter full of towels, hand sanitizer. Which was always there, but your perception is different . Now you feel the urge to use those items after touching anything.
Next thought what will the Doctor, Physicians Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner be like during this examination. Will they put your mind at ease or will increase the fear.
So far my experiences have been pleasant except I’m use to paying my medical bills in cash. Now they don’t accept cash in some offices. Now I have to go all the home and remember to send a check to pay the bill. It causes me a bit of anxiety because I tend to forget. It gives me pleasure to see the lower balance on my bill invoice. It’s weird I know!!
I hope everyone doctor visits is a pleasant experience. If your feeling anxiety pre-medical visit, do some breathworks. Anytime I’m stressed or anxiety sets in I do some breathing exercises to assist in helping me to a calming stage. One of the things you can do is take conscious breaths. You can reduce your tension quickly by focusing on your breaths. Take two deep breaths in your chest and abdomen, then exhale slowly. Breathing helps to generate extra oxygen circulating through your body, which encourages clear thoughts. Just a little tidbit!!
Remember to Take deep breaths
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Mommie Juice Chronicles MJC
May is Mental Health Awareness
During the month of May it is Mental Health Awareness month. I always felt that this is the month that you should check-in with yourself or even loved ones. Especially if you have not done it during the course of the year. Do so now, give your self some time to process your thoughts as you recall what you have been feeling. Give your self time to think about things that have affected you and how your going through them and continue to do so.
Do your own mental health exam. There are websites that provide those resources. Are there behaviors or thoughts that you do or have that is a concern for you? Write them down, prepare your list for a therapeutic visit.. Research a therapist and schedule an appointment with one that you think best fits your needs. Here are some quick ways to test yourself.
Do you notice your experiencing excessive paranoia, anxiety, worry, are you dealing with depression. Are you dealing with moods, or social withdrawals. Although within this last year we have not been as social as usual, do you continue work, what are your relationships like. Do you connect with friends and family. Are you excited about the anticipation of reuniting with friends or family again. Does the very thought cause you extreme anxiety? These are the things to observe. Before going to the doctor or therapists.
I’m going to stop here for now.
I hope you and your loves are safe and healthy.
Until we meet again!
Always late to the party
Brain churns with proposals light years ahead
But my response is late
I’m trailing behind
Looking in the window
Locked out the gate
Always trying to make the difference
Failure riding my coattails
With a spark of low self esteem
My propositions and intentions
Lift me up
With a swift wave of change
Encourages me to slay