This isn’t a topic I have openly discussed with many. I’m a pretty private person and unless we’re really close you definitely wouldn’t know this about me. However, I believe very strongly that in life we struggle with issues in order to overcome them, learn lessons, then ultimately share our experiences to help others. This topic just keeps coming up with so many people I come in contact with. I’m thinking it’s a good sign that it’s time to share.
Fitness for me has always been much more about my mind than my body. I struggled with anxiety both general and social for years. It started in late elementary school and brought me some rough days. I had no idea where this strange feeling was coming from or what I was going to do to get my old self back. Fortunately, I found the connection between exercise and releasing excess energy (anxiety). This was huge for me and helped relieve most of my symptoms. Once I took it one step further and added in the right diet, sleep and hydration my anxiety became totally manageable. I barely ever have to think about it anymore. The odd time I start to feel it creep back in, I take control. I can take all that shit to the gym or run it out on the road. I strongly encourage anyone who struggles with similar feelings to never underestimate how much control and power you have just by taking care of the basics. It can become incredibly empowering to overcome something that threatens to tear you down.
I’m proof that it’s not hopeless. I went from at my worst, being scared to leave my house to go to school to where I am now. If you’re struggling…I hope this helps <3
Health and Happiness,