When we talk about Mental Illness, many people do tend to discuss it over hushed whispered tone, worrying what other people might think because of the stigma associated with the word ‘mental illness’.
Mental illness is a disease that causes mild to severe disturbances in thought and/or behavior, resulting in an inability to cope with life’s ordinary demands and routines. (Mental Health America)
And, to those who are experiencing first-hand and/or either suffering from mental health condition, going through the routines of daily life is a constant battle.
Maggie Georgopoulos, an Author, Speaker, Trainer and Coach, and a mental health advocate, shared how to deal with the day to day battles of having a mental health condition and still have a healthy life in a SheSavvy published article. SheSavvy is a platform which allows women everywhere to participate in an open and welcoming community where they can Discover, Share and Inspire.
However, the more important question is: How to get that exercise especially when we are already suffering from depression, anxiety or other mental ‘ill’ health conditions which leaves exercise and physical activities impossible? Not because it is not wanted, but because it is just too hard.
And so, in her article “Secrets of Great Mental Health: 5 Portions of Fun”, Maggie shared how to still get that much needed exercise even when being active sits low on the list of priorities of someone suffering from mental health conditions. Here’s how:
- Start small – achieve something small and good in the depth of the darkness. Walking, like going to the park or doing the supermarket shopping is a good start.
- Talk about it – talk about going for an exercise or making a physical activity like walking and make a commitment (even if it is just a small one).
- Celebrate it – have fun and celebrate your commitment no matter how big or small.
- Forgive yourself – it’s okay to miss a step occasionally; just pick yourself up and try again and do it another day.
- Build up to it – build on your small success that you have celebrated
According to Maggie, “The walk around the block, chasing your kids around the garden, walking to the shops, or wrestling the dog- it all counts. It all helps in the end and each small step is one step out of the place we were in.”
Read Maggie’s full article and take the small step out of the darkness of depression HERE.
This is an enlightening article, Maggie! Indeed, mental health matters!
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