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My antianxiety drug

Friday, July 31, 2015

So about two years ago I noticed that I was inside my head and the thoughts were not good. I won't get into the details but things were pretty ugly. So I started seeing a therapist and I've been working hard to handle and conquer the nasty beast. One of the recommended treatments for anxiety is working out.

Now, I didn't get to this point in life loving workouts. You might be surprised to find out that I didn't love it. Weird right? However, I've had an amazing revelation over the past 48 hours.

My anxiety peaked yesterday after I was rejected by a man I was seeing. The nasty beast emerged and quickly took over my thoughts. I was a complete mess. I had planned to go to kettlebell in the evening so even though I had cry face I decided to pull myself together and go workout.

I can't even begin to tell you the drastic change in my anxiety and the improvement in my self-loathing after just a 30 minute workout. I realized I was managing my anxiety on my own and it was such a powerful feeling.

4 months ago my anxiety and self-loathing had control of me, I ate my feelings and I hated working out, but as time has gone by I've learned to enjoy working out and I'm working on teaching myself to make healthy eating choices. I am thrilled to add another NSV to my list. I have a coping tool for my anxiety. Working out! My next challenge is to not back slide when I'm feeling anxious, so I'm making a reminder that I will post on my wall.

It will say:

Working out is your antianxiety drug! GO WORKOUT!

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    Thank you all for your support. I cannot tell you what it means to me to have support from friends who understand and appreciate the journey. You are all the best! emoticon
    1584 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/4/2015 1:11:19 PM
    That's wonderful!
    1587 days ago
    What a great testimony to the strength we all have if we'd only tap into it. Now, you know it works and you can turn to it when you need it.
    1587 days ago
    There is nothing like a kettlebell workout to help you feel stronger physically and mentally. You are doing a great job--keep up the good work!
    1588 days ago
    It definitely is a good way to work out those types of feelings! I love it for that as well as working out frustrations!
    1588 days ago
    I totally agree. Working out makes my depression disapear! .
    1588 days ago
    Great inspiration! That is wonderful that you did not go to food.
    1588 days ago
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