A quick post to encourage all of you to hit the gym because the benefits cannot be underestimated. If you do a quick search in Google, you’ll find articles on the relationship between bipolar and exercise. Research and studies conclude that exercise is an anti-depressant in itself. Exercising on a regular basis will release natural pain killers called endorphins. These play a major role in elevating your mood and reducing triggers caused from negative thinking or anxiety. If you’ve been reading my previous content, then you know how I’ve stated several times that stress, anxiety, and negative thinking over time can trigger an episode. Endorphins released through exercise can be attributed to lowering stress and anxiety as well as combat negative thinking.
Before continuing, here are some resources to read on the connection between exercise and bipolar:
- Is Exercise a Mood Lifter or a Mania Trigger? (Personal Story from Marybeth Smith)
- Does Exercise Really Make a Difference?
- Does Exercise Help Bipolar Disorder?
What happened today…
It was a rough start for me in the morning where my energy was low and I felt like I had a lot of things on my plate. With projects from work piling up, I was tougher on myself than usual.
I’ve found there are a few reasons that determine my mood in the morning. For example, tiredness can be associated with sleeping too much or not enough. I need at least 6-7 hours of solid sleep to really feel great about myself. To stick to the point, today was a day where constant negative thoughts kept entering my mind. I’m sure many of you can relate.
But, no matter how things start off, there is always time for change, and this can be done with a couple adjustments. First, you have to decide that you want the day to change, then come up with an action plan. Living with bipolar for 17 years has allowed me to practice things through trial and error. For example, a high intensity workout usually gets me pumped and ready to tackle anything in my way. Secondly, my mental transformation where I follow the state of allowing forces me to not dwell on negative thoughts for longer than 1 minute. Remember, negative thoughts attract negative energy so stopping this process will freeze the momentum.
I’ve just recently started to write on my mental transform; you can read about it here:
I wanted to write this post to provide quick motivation so you can transform your day). It takes a split-second decision to start moving in the right direction, and I recommend you should make this direction change by starting with a quick, intense workout in the gym. Find a routine and schedule that works for you. I would suggest always doing it in the morning. This way it’s done and over with before anything else can distract you later on.
- Start with 15 minutes a day working your way up. The time you choose should be something you’re comfortable with.
- Incorporate light weights, increasing the weights incrementally.
- Research online because you have so many customized programs available for free. Head over to YouTube where you can look up and follow along different routines. Your options are endless so make use of them by doing a quick search in Google.
- The key is intensity because this is what gets you pumped and keeps the positive energy flowing.
To wrap it up, here’s something to understand:
Making the decision to work out is a positive step forward in its own. Getting to the gym and completing your workout serves as a job well done— motivating while pushing you in the right direction for the rest of the day. I’m speaking from experience; it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made today 🙂