Exercise and Depression: What to do when you Just. Can’t. Move.

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What do you do when you can’t move? Or when you can’t move in the way you want to move?

I’m hiding out in the bathroom writing this (cause this is “me-time”). This was supposed to be a Make-A-Goofy-Sassy-Informative-How To-Exercise-Video-For-You Day.

Know what?

I just couldn’t tolerate trying to be Goofy, Sassy, Informative, and How To-ish in front of a camera today.

(Read: couldn’t get my shit together)

So, what do you do when you feel like crawling under the covers and telling everyone to fuck off??

You know you need to move. But maybe you can’t get to the gym, don’t have the equipment you need, or you’ve hurt your back, or your knee, or some other body part, or for whatever reason you can’t do training as usual.

Or maybe you just can’t stand the thought of doing ONE MORE HARD THING BECAUSE EVERYTHING IN MY LIFE IS SO FUCKING HARD RIGHT NOW!!

I get it.

It totally get it.

So remember this–

All of life is movement.

Movement is life.

Breathing. is. movement.

Neurons firing is movement.

Changing positions is movement.

Focusing on alignment is movement.

So breathe. Air in. Air out. Belly out. Belly in.

Tell your negative thoughts to talk a long walk off a short pier.

Sit on the floor instead of in a chair.

Walk around your house. Maybe around the block.

Pop a squat when you get down to pick up all those gross crumbs off the floor.

Lie on the floor with a blanket over your head instead of on your bed.

Not big change,no. But movement nonetheless. Changing the load on your bones, muscles, cells, and neurons–nonetheless.

“Start where you are.

Use what you have.

Do what you can.”

Arthur Ashe

and never ever ever give up

Big love to you!

Kristi Joy

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