Make it fun
When you’re already feeling down, motivating yourself to move sometimes can feel nearly impossible. Focus on an activity that you LOVE doing. This can mean throwing a frisbee with your dog, going on a walk while catching up with a friend or listening to your favorite podcast, or starting a home improvement project.
Sneak it in
It doesn’t have to be a chore – start where you’re able! Walk around the room while brushing your teeth, park farther back in the grocery parking lot to get in more steps, or prioritize a standing desk instead of sitting.
Focus on when your energy is highest
If your energy is highest in the mornings, choose to start your activity first thing in the morning. If you’re pretty groggy in the morning and take some time to get going and get ‘in a groove’, opt for mid-day or late afternoon movement.
Whether it’s 5 minutes or 30 minutes, spending time outside can greatly reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Walking is always a great option, but other options are yoga or meditation, moving your workout outside, hiking, biking, or even just watching the birds. Getting outside to breathe fresh air can make such a difference, especially when you’re able to do it on a consistent basis.
If you are struggling, please know that you are not alone. There are free resources available to you, in whatever communication method you feel most comfortable using:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call 800-273-TALK (8255). If you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call the toll-free Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline connects you with a crisis center in the Lifeline network closest to your location. Your call will be answered by a trained crisis worker who will listen empathetically and without judgment. The crisis worker will work to ensure that you feel safe and help identify options and information about mental health services in your area. Your call is confidential and free.
Crisis Text Line – Text NAMI to 741-741. Connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.
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