Practical Self-Care • Part 3: Movement
Pretty much every article online on how to feel better is going to include exercise. Most are just going to say “exercise,” though. If you’re a couch potato like me, such a vague term can be a little overwhelming. So, I’ve compiled a list to break down “exercise” a little further into different kinds of movement that you could do.
- You don’t even have to do anything if you can’t, but getting some fresh air and the move from your bed to the outside world will help. If you can move around…
- The go-to for exercise. Personally, I hate it, but I know a lot of people who love it. After you get over the initial “death” feeling. It gets your blood pumping and you can pretend like you’re running from your problems.
- The go-to for exercise when you have life problems. “You should try yoga!” Yeah, okay. But seriously, even if it’s just stretching. You can even do some in your bed. It’ll help put some life back into your muscles. And instead of running from your problems, it can help you tackle them.
- You can do this one in the comfort of your own home or you can go out and take classes. This is a really good one to just let go have fun and loosen up your joints. Plus you can learn a really cool skill. There are plenty of videos on the internet to help you along if you want to learn. Or you can just put on some music and go for it.
- My personal favorite when I can do it. In every state, there are trails to hike. You can even go on a walk around the block and call it a day. Getting outside and breathing fresh air plus moving around and enjoying the scenery is just good stuff all around.
- This is a total body, low-impact workout if you can swing it. Plus the controlled breathing would be great for anxiety. Bonus points if there’s a water slide.
- If you’re like me and need to feel like you’re actually doing something, this would be a good option. But if you’re also not athletic at all like me, maybe you should pick up a class or do them with a group of other non-athletic people.
- This one will take some know-how and an experienced teacher, but it could be a great experience to learn how to do them. Snowboarding, rock climbing, those sorts of things. The adrenaline will also help boost your system. And there’s a good chance you’ll feel cool doing them.
- Some people love the gym, but in my experience, most people with mental illnesses don’t. However, it is an option. Weightlifting can also make you look and feel like a superhero, so there’s that.
If you choose to exercise on your own, more power to you, you’re taking this big step (possibly literal) and that’s something to be proud of. If you choose to get with a workout buddy or a group, that can be great too! Social interaction in these settings can really let you bond with people. That is also something to be proud of. I’m proud of you for even reading this article. Much love.
Feel free to let me know how you move in the comments below or on Twitter/Instagram @adailyuh.