How Fitness Helped Me Overcome Depression and Anxiety

Do you often feel sad for no apparent reason?

Depression has been a major mental issue all throughout the world for the past couple of years. In fact, it has become more than just a mental issue. Depression today is considered a major health concern because of the effects it has on the individual suffering from it.

In most other cases, depression is considered lethal because it has led to death.

Depression is not an easy thing to deal with and having gone through it myself, I completely understand what people with depression are going though.

It’s not easy to feel lonely and lose interest in things you used to like before for unexplained reasons. It’s not easy to lose sleep even if you wanted so bad to get some. It’s not easy to feel guilty and worthless and not be able to focus when you need to.

No one would enjoy feelings of hopelessness and just being so down that others struggle to deal with it and end up taking their lives.

The numbers are staggering when it comes to the topic of depression. Currently, 300 million people around the world are suffering from depression according to the World Health Organization. The highest of which occurs among people between the ages of 18 and 25.

A Brief History

The condition formerly known as “melancholia” has been around since the ancient times and back then, was attributed to demonic possession. Instead of being treated by a physician, priests were in charge of attending to people suffering from it.

People back then understood that it was a form of mental illness but wasn’t aware of the cause. As we all know today, it is far from demonic possession.Though it causes emotional stress with symptoms ranging from unexplained sadness to feelings of worthlessness and guilt, it is highly treatable.

There are many ways to cope and treat depression. There are those who seek professional help and medication while some prefer self-help including yours truly.

Battling Depression With Fitness

While I did consider visiting a professional, I found my own coping mechanism for depression in physical fitness. I read a lot and one of the topics I usually read about is how to cope up with my condition.

I’ve found several articles and blogs on the internet detailing how physical fitness can help overcome depression. I didn’t give it much weight in the beginning but it got to a point where I just wanted it to stop.

That reluctant feeling slowly died and I started considering physical fitness as my defense. Instead of staying in my room when I’m depressed, I forced myself to go to the gym and vent all those negative feelings out there. I also started eating right because I just wanted to feel good and based on what I read, eating right would give me exactly that.

As the effects of physical fitness started to unravel, I began to feel better about myself. Those bouts of depression slowly melted away because I was always full of energy and I just felt good both physically and mentally. I’d be lying if I said I no longer get depressed but every time I did, going to the gym or having some garden fresh salad takes it all away.

You don’t have to get professional help to overcome depression. Sometimes, all it takes is a little self-help and self-motivation. In the end, you are still in charge of what you feel and what you want to feel.  If you let depression defeat you, that’s all on you.

Why would you let it defeat you though?

Start getting fit. 

Eat right.

Get enough sleep. 

Exercise even if for only 30 minutes a day. 

Depression is a negative feeling that you can overcome with a positive one. Physical fitness will give you the positive emotion you need to get off depression.  So I say give it a shot.

If it worked for me, I don’t see any reason why it won’t work for you.

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Cliff Bello
Cliff Bello

Life transformer, fitness enginner, health fanatic and activist for humans health :)

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