Motivate the Mind
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Motivate the Mind

Exercise Vs Zoloft

Exercise is the best anti-depressant drug…

Girl Stretching before exercising

This quote is by Sonja Lyubomirsky from her fantastic book The How to Happiness. We have been digging into this book for a few days now. This book is the number one book I recommend if you are interested in increasing your happiness levels. Get your copy here.

If you have missed the previous articles on that subject, here are the links to them:

Why people with goals are happier
How comparing yourself to others makes you unhappy

A study of the impact of exercise on the Brain

This is essential stuff! Before we continue, though, I would like to mention that I am not a doctor, that this is not medical advice. Hence, do not change your medication protocols without the support of your healthcare provider.

Sonja has an entire section on depression and medication in her book, which is often good support for patients suffering from clinical depression. Be aware that unhappiness and sadness do not always equal depression and that sadness is just another colour of life. Avoid jumping to the mental sickness conclusion because you feel sad and/or disappointed. And before you do go on medication, I suggest you get multiple opinions from different doctors you trust.

I feel it in my own life; I feel such a massive difference between the days I work out and the days I don’t. If I don’t have time to work out properly, I have a water rower at home, a kettlebell, a few weights and resistance bands, and a Peloton bike. Five minutes here and five minutes there contribute to experiencing a great day. When I don’t move, I feel lousy. I’m not a fan of feeling lousy, so, I move.

Exercise in the Morning

Another thing to note is that the effects of exercise on the brain have a half-life of 12 hours. So if you want to feel the full benefits, I suggest you work out early in the morning.

Let’s take out our journals and start writing down our commitment to exercising every day, preferably in the morning.

And since our journals are out, let’s take a few minutes to write down five things we are grateful about! Let’s go.

Reinforcing positive affirmations

To finish off today’s article, here are a few reinforcing affirmations to repeat in the morning to remind and motivate yourself to exercise a bit every day:

  • Training my body creates peace in my mind
  • My body is my temple
  • Motion creates emotion
  • Taking care of my body makes my mind happy.

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Raphaël Reiter

Continuously learning about life. Passionate about philosophy. Certified life coach and meditation teacher.