Too Much of a Good Thing

The relationship between mental health and fitness is a beautiful one. Studies have likened the effects of exercise to those of drugs used to treat anxiety and depression, and many use fitness as a healthy way to cope with these ailments. It also helps that gym memberships are cheaper than therapy. However, when things get tough and you turn to fitness more and more to cope, this relationship can become harmful. Just because fitness is a healthy choice, doesn’t mean you can’t have too much of it.

Keeping Your Mind and Body Healthy When You Can't Workout

Keeping Your Mind and Body Healthy When You Can't Workout

Keeping your mind and body healthy can be difficult when you can't workout. Working out while you're sick is not a good idea. Working out when your doctor tells you not to, is also not a good idea. In the past, I have ignored both and regretted it. So when I had my wisdom teeth removed last week, I decided to listen to the doctors.

They were right. My mouth was so swollen and so painful that working out would have been a terrible idea. But I was miserable. After the first two days of sleeping due to loads of meds, I wanted to go to the gym badly. Really, I just wanted to move. I was tired of being lazy, and depression started to set in. Working out is my way to keep myself on track mentally. When I can't do that, it's not good for anyone.

Handling Stress with CrossFit

Handling Stress with CrossFit

When I was 18, I was told that I have an anxiety disorder. I don’t usually call it a “disorder.” I don’t usually call it anything. In most instances, I pretend it’s not there because I’ve learned how to manage it pretty well over the years. But put simply, a disorder is what it is. It’s the most concise way to explain it without giving you my whole life story. Needless to say, I have a lot of seemingly insignificant stressors in my life that I’ve had to learn how to deal with in some creative ways.