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Embracing the physical: exercise and mental health

‘Thinking your way out of problems with your mind is not terribly effective. It’s like trying to run until your broken leg feels better.’ John Moe, The Hilarious World of Depression

When you have a mental health condition, it’s easy to think of your brain as the only organ that really matters: an isolated (and isolating) object that dominates your every thought, action and behaviour. As someone who struggles on and off with anxiety and depression, I am increasingly finding that through embracing the physical, I am able to tame the unruly grey beast that lives inside my head. Whether it’s through sweating away the day’s stresses, releasing tension through kickboxing or relaxing with gentle stretches, exercise helps me find an inner peace.

Read the rest of this article online at Sweat Pledge.

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