It is a well known fact that slight to moderate exercise can help alleviate some of the effects that depression has on a sufferer, maybe not in all cases but it certainly helped me.
I have suffered with depression for many years now and know all to well what an incapacitating illness it can be, I have had bouts where I have locked the door, closed the curtains and shut myself away from the outside world sometimes for days at a time.
Recently I have taken up walking and it has done wonders for my depression, ok It hasn’t disappeared completely but it is certainly milder and more manageable at the moment and I know exactly what to do when I feel a bout coming on. I find that when I am walking my thoughts are freed up and release me from being a captive of my own mind, it allows me to ponder over things that depress me and put them into context.
Apart from the walking being great exercise it also gives you a big wallop of Vitamin D that in turn gives you the feel good factor.
It doesn’t matter how old or fit you are as a short walk can be as good for you as a long walk, it is getting out of the surroundings you are used to and having a break and some fresh air which will in turn take your mind off things and make you feel more refreshed.
Whilst walking I have seen many beautiful sights and have started to capture them on my camera, if I am feeling down I just go and have a look at some of the images I have taken and this also makes me feel better as it brings the good memories back to me.
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