Better Days

A friend just pointed out that it has been over a month since my last post, which was a sad one. I’m happy to report that many days since then have been better. I’m starting to suspect that SAD impacts my depression and the weird hours of my job are exacerbating this. The good news is that spring is supposedly on the way… Despite all the snow today!

I’m starting to feel a bit more energized and have started doing more regular exercise. Yoga and running – for real this time! I’ve talked a lot about running in the past and how I wanted to get back to running half marathons, something I did prior to my major depressive breakdown. After several years of setting myself up for failure with my big goals, I’ve taken things back to the beginning with much more success. For the last month I’ve been running intervals for about half an hour, one to three times a week. At first I did intervals of one minute walking, one running, and now I’ve done a couple of weeks at two minutes running, one walking. It’s nice, manageable, pushes me gently and makes me feel better. I’m up to 3.75 km and should have a nice base in place when I can finally start running outside (once the snow melts).

I’ve also just bought myself a Fitbit to encourage myself to stay active. I’ve had it for a week and it’s been clear that I have some very inactive days. I’m hoping to start evening this out by tracking my steps. I’m also reading the book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain and it makes quite the case for regular exercise to treat depression. I’ll write more on this once I finish the book.

Bye for now and take care!

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3 thoughts on “Better Days

  1. Just Me says:

    Wonderful! Keep on writing though please it’s so encouraging :)))

  2. Glad to see that things are getting better 🙂 ❤

  3. It’s really great to hear that things are looking up! Congratulations on setting achievable, manageable goals and not doing the “depression goggles” thing of aiming terribly high and feeling disappointed when we don’t reach our target.
    I have a Fitbit, too, and am totally addicted to it 🙂 I use it to track steps, and am obsessed with my sleep patterns. It’s helped me become and remain more active, so I hope it does the same thing for you, too.
    XX

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