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simple movement can alleviate depressive symptons

I’m so excited.

Years ago I started a book about depression. I’ve yet to get up enough nerve to send it to a publisher. I did a lot of research and ninety percent of everything I suggest in the book is based on sound research.

Except for one suggestion.

I knew this idea worked because it worked for me and everyone else who tried it. It was so simple but seemed almost too simple and I almost took it out of the book. But I just knew it worked, so I kept it in.

Well, wouldn’t you know a major TV station recently reported on this very same thing?

Before I tell you what was reported, here’s an excerpt from a chapter in my book called “Retooling.”

“Get up and move every hour or so.

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Mindless sitting (actually mindless anything), is a breeding ground for depression. Even on your job, keep moving if you can. The depressed mind (influenced greatly by the body) left unfocused for very long will eventually sink to its lowest common denominator.

But when we move, a number of good things take place in our bodies.  First of all, our blood circulation improves. We breathe better when we’re upright. When we’re physically active, those good hormones kick in and give us a mental boost and all research on depression encourages physical activity.

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We simply become more motivated once we’re moving. One thing leads to another and pretty soon we find our mood has lightened. Activity of any kind prompts further activity and we become distracted from our depressed thinking and distraction is a wonderful thing. Some days this last part of the previous sentence has been my mantra:

distraction is a wonderful thing.”

The medical community is now suggesting the very same thing. In fact, it was discovered that sitting six hours a day can shave off seven years of a quality life.  It raises blood sugar  and cholesterol levels,  decreases circulation and increases the possibility of heart disease by sixty-four percent.

However, a medical study from Australia suggests short breaks from sitting once an hour can alleviate most of the problems. While these studies didn’t target mental health, I don’t think it’s much of a leap to see how this very same activity can affect our low moods as well.

I feel so validated. I knew I should’ve hung out my shingle.

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For your overall health, why not just try this simple little step for a few days and see if you think it makes a difference.  What could it possibly hurt?

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. This is very true. Once of the best things my wife did, to help deal with her bi-polar disorder, is begin exercising again. The physical benefits have reaped mental rewards.

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