The following is a collaboration piece with some sound advice on getting out and active this Spring, especially when certain factors may try to bring you down.
Spring is here, and summer is just around the corner. For most of us this means that we get a lot more active and social, shrugging off the remains of our winter blues and throwing ourselves with gusto into the simple pleasures in life like walks in the park, early morning jogs, playing sports or powering through outdoor bootcamps with friends. Exercise is important for any healthy lifestyle but for those of us committed to the clean and sober life it is of particular importance. Exercise and outdoor activities not only give us a rush of endorphins and a sense of wellness, they are essential in keeping us happy, motivated, confident and able to tackle the myriad troubles that life throws at us without feeling the need to lapse into old habits.
While getting out and getting active are essential to the sober life (not to mention getting bikini ready for summer), that won’t stop life from throwing a few hurdles, or indeed roadblocks, your way. Don’t let these factors hinder your healthy, happy outdoor activities as spring starts to blossom into summer.
Depression affects approximately 350 million people worldwide according to the World Health Organization. At its mildest depression can make us sluggish, fuzzy headed and low in mood, preventing us from attacking life with our usual vigor and robbing us of the pleasures of doing things we usually enjoy. At its worst, however, depression can be crippling, making the prospect of leaving the home or even getting out of bed unbearable. Although exercise is one of the most potent antidepressants there is, that’s unlikely to be of comfort when we’re at our lowest. If you live a sober life you may think twice before turning to chemical antidepressants (which can come with damaging side effects). Still, that doesn’t mean that depression need glue you to your bed. There are plenty of natural remedies for depression such as St John’s Wort, Omega 3 and DHEA, but there’s really no substitute for a healthy, balanced diet loaded with naturally mood lifting nutrients. Naturally mood boosting foods include;
- Oily fish
There’s no worse feeling than being itching to get out for a run but fearing an asthma attack. Asthma sufferers find the pollen heavy months of spring can seriously exacerbate their condition, but there’s no need to assume that this need confine you to the less-than-great outdoors. Consult with asthma specialists to see how you can mitigate the effects of the season on your condition. While you may have to pay a little for some medication, it’s a price worth paying to get you out and enjoying the healthy life.
If your active lifestyle has led to injury this can be especially frustrating. As you heal you’ll likely be told to be as inactive as possible to combat inflammation and aid a swift recovery. In this instance you may not be able to get the endorphin hit of a long run or an outdoor boot camp but you can still enjoy the mental health benefits of communing with nature. Get out for a leisurely stroll as often as you can or simply throw your windows wide open and fill your home with house plants.
Your recovery needn’t keep you from the healing properties of nature.