The Power of Movement: Tips for Combating Depression with Exercise

Depression can make it difficult to get active due to low energy, self-esteem, and mental distortion of reality. Despite this, exercise is one of the most powerful tools that you can use to combat symptoms of depression and reclaim your life. The California Health Care Foundation reports that one in seven adult Californians are experiencing mental illness. In Southern California, there are lots of ways to get moving while experiencing depression that can improve your mental health and overall wellbeing. 

Starting an exercise regimen can be daunting, so we always recommend starting small. Small victories like going for a walk, following an at-home yoga tutorial, or even putting on your favorite song and dancing around can build positive habits. Even when our brains tell us this is not enough to make a big difference, it is important to stay persistent. An all-or-nothing mentality can be particularly harmful for individuals experiencing depression and leads to a mental barrier. 

When it comes to exercise, most people automatically think of a gym environment. Gyms can be a great resource and provide you with access to a wide range of fitness equipment often for a reasonable monthly fee. If you do not have access to a gym space or if a public space gives you anxiety, don’t worry there are alternatives. Most cities and towns have public parks with outdoor space to bike, run, or exercise on green space. Using park space to exercise is not just great because it is free, it also gives you an opportunity to spend some time in nature. 

Lastly, when exercise seems impossible or like an unenjoyable task, try doing something that you once enjoyed as a kid. Riding a bike, rock climbing, swimming, and other healthy activities that were once a source of joy for many are a great way to have fun while being active. Instead of looking at exercise as a source of dread, it can become a source of joy for you. And who knows, it may even become your favorite part of your daily routine!

Use these tips to build a healthy routine that works for your lifestyle. For more information on depression, visit our informational web page

Access Mental Health Care In Southern California

If you’re ready to make a positive change in your mental health but you don’t know where to start, we are here to help. Here at A Better Way Psychiatry and TMS Clinics, we offer mental health treatment and support to communities throughout Southern California. With 27 clinic locations throughout Los Angeles, Riverside, and Orange Counties in addition to locations in Santa Barbara, Carlsbad, Bakersfield, and Oxnard, we have the resources and the reach to help you along your mental health journey. 

Are you looking for a prescription-free and non-invasive treatment for depression? Learn more about TMS Therapy, it is covered by most insurance policies. Start a free consultation with a mental healthcare professional on our team to learn more:

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