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Dancing Away Depression

Monday, February 11, 2013

As some of you may know, I've been dealing with some personal issues that resulted in landing in a funk (depressive mood) over the past month and a half or so...

After some much needed encouragement, I began rethinking my goals and mentally putting myself in gear (once again). I stepped on the scale and alas, I gained ten pounds. I'm still down four pounds from where I started, but my body can really feel the weight that's been gained back.

I went to a Zumba class tonight, and I feel so much better! I recalled a quote from Sparkpeople that stated "You're only one workout away from a good mood" and it's so true. I wasn't raised as a dancer, but I feel very comfortable in the class. I also recalled a quote tonight from Patrick Swayze,

I found that dance was key to keeping depression out of my life. When you dance, things just go away, things don't seem so bad. There's no better way to take care of health than through something as joyous and beautiful as dance.

I'll just take this journey one day at a time...I'll eventually get to my ultimate weight goal, but I need to stop beating myself up over hitting plateaus, and not allow the negative things that cannot be changed to alter my mentality/focus.

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MARGARITTM 2/13/2013 1:00PM

    Those who have not tried it

Check out zumba.com for a class near you.

What fun - it will put a smile in almost every dark day!

Exercise IS my therapy of choice!

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LIBBYL1 2/12/2013 10:54PM

  it combines so much.... music (which also can inspire) and movement....Continue to dance fiercely

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TRICIAE2 2/12/2013 12:50PM

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ROAMINGNOME 2/12/2013 10:03AM

    Thank you everyone for your encouraging and inspiring thoughts! I'm thankful for the Sparkpeople community emoticon

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BILL60 2/12/2013 9:27AM

    If you enjoy it and it brings your heart rate up, it's great for you. Hang tough and overcome.

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L1ZB3TH354 2/11/2013 9:22PM

    I love Zumba! All you have time to do is dance and not think. Feel better soon, keep up the good work, and keep on dancing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 2/11/2013 9:08PM

    Ah, dancing certainly can certainly make you feel better - glad it is working for you!

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MISHMOM 2/11/2013 8:21PM

    I agree, dancing just makes the whole day better. Great post! emoticon

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CATHWREN 2/11/2013 8:06PM

    Recognizing what contributes to your depression is the first step in controlling it. For you, dance is obviously a big help. For me was walking; I walked away from suicide and kept depression at bay for years by walking.

Sometimes when you are depressed it is even hard to do the things you know will make you feel better. Here's hoping you are able to get out dancing no matter how you feel.

Best Wishes...CathWren

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GR8ERJOY 2/11/2013 8:05PM

    Congrats on a beak through! emoticon

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