On Exercise and Mental Health

I have never been a huge fan of exercising. I danced for 18 years, and while it is exercise, it didn’t seem like it to me. I didn’t go to a gym for it, I wasn’t running laps, and it was fun. It was my extra-curricular.

Over the past year, I’ve finally gotten to the point where I enjoy working out. I’ve been a fan of yoga for years, but never really pushed myself. I’m at the point where I work out multiple times a week and it’s just part of my schedule. I’m now a fan of the midday run at the office. Never thought I’d see the day.

How did I get here? Not a traditional route. Last summer my stepfather died unexpectedly. I was back to work a week later. It was a stressful situation and I found it difficult to stay at work all day. So I took to running.

I’ve been trying to get into running for a long time. I could stick with it for a few months, but then I’d have a busy week and my routine would fall apart. I would leave in the afternoon to get in a mile, then continuing working online after I was finished.

I chose to just run a mile as fast as I could—mainly to spend as little time in the gym as possible. I progressively got faster. I tried different bootcamps, started doing yoga regularly, and I still run. Today I ran at noon.

Not only am I healthier as a whole, but this has been the easiest way for me to reduce stress. I’m lucky that I’m able to leave and run when I feel like it. It’s a great break to the day, and gets me out of creative ruts. Exercise is what kept me sane. It was how I kept everything from falling apart. And now it’s how I escape—it’s my own break.


One thought on “On Exercise and Mental Health

  1. I feel you on this one. Exercise is what keeps me same too. It’s such a great stressrelief and I always feel amazing, (not during cuz let’s be real, exercising is tough), but definitely afterwards. It can improve my mood and attitude so much. It’s awesome that you’ve found the joy in it, since it’s not fun to exercise just to do it. (If you get what I mean)


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