Life can be grueling, it can get ugly and heavy. The weight of past mistakes and missed opportunities can drag down your mind. Add with that, the perceived judgments from the people around you and the consistent stimulation from the online world like social media, you begin to distract your mind from your true self. This distraction is a form of neglect, and it leads to an entire spectrum of mental health issues. Within this neglect lies expansive negative space that is highly conducive to a pessimistic thought process. You become angry and jealous, you begin to lose discipline and relinquish accountability. Hopes and dreams drain into depression. Vigor for life fades into anxiousness and soon you've convinced yourself not to like your life or who you are.
Fill in that negative space. Fill it with ideas, memories, and reminders. Build up your spirit by accomplishing hard things daily, by working out daily. Sit calmly with yourself, shift through your thoughts, let go of what is already done. Move on and move forward with intentions of becoming a better version of yourself. Construct yourself into the person you've always wanted to be. Prove to you and you alone how much you care about yourself. Get selfish, you deserve to love yourself.
Exercise has been one of the most powerful forms of self care for thousands of years. 5th century philosopher, Hippocrates of Greece, was one of the first recorded physicians to provide a written exercise prescription for a patient suffering from "consumption". Many historical quotes that relate to health and fitness come from Hippocrates like "Walking is the best medicine." If you study the history of the "Exercise is Medicine" theory you start to see how common place the idea was throughout almost all ancient civilizations dating as far back as 800 BCE. Today, science shows that exercise is a viable and relatively inexpensive way to help combat many of society's diseases that are, for the most part, preventable.
We know that obesity and lack of exercise are among the leading causes of premature death. Consequently, exercise is becoming increasingly important in modern interpretations of public health policy and reform. It is time time to start incorporating the ancient thought process of exercise is medicine into our society's approach to combating mental illnesses like depression and anxiety.
The truth is, you only get one life and you only get one body to experience that life with. Far too many of us spend far too much of our time anguishing over the way we look, or other people's opinions, past traumas, and other self-limiting thoughts. This will suck the joy and love that you deserve out of your soul leaving your spirit weak. You have the strength to conquer those thoughts, I believe it.
- Coach J.
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