Mental illness is not treated by just medication and therapy – self-care is also an important part. The ways you live and care for yourself have a big impact on how well you can be. The things that are usually brought up are diet and exercise.
With this in mind, I’m joining a gym tomorrow. I’ve always loved going to the gym, I love how it makes me feel. It’s also a part of the fight against the weight that I’ve been gaining. Being comfortable in my own skin always helps improve my mental state, and doing something active to help me feel comfortable with my body will (in theory) help me feel better in my mind.
Many days I just don’t feel like leaving the house. I’ve made a promise to myself that I will go to the gym every day. I don’t have to go in the doors, just take myself down there, and if I still really don’t want to go in, I give myself permission to go home again. I’m pretty sure that just the act of getting my gear together and going down there will help motivate me to go in.
So, there’s the newest step in my self-help plan. Wish me luck!