We all know about the benefits that exercise can bring to our lives – not just the physical improvements but those in relation to our mental health too which is equally as important.
So I thought I’d share the article in today’s Guardian online, in which wrestler Clem Bastow ( @clembastow ) catalogues how wrestling helped saved him from his battle with depression by giving him the focus he required.
As Clem says
‘The therapy was worth it and the lost friends weren’t such a loss after all, but it turned out that what I really needed to do was just find something that would bring me such an extreme amount of joy that no low mood could survive in its presence. That thing turned out to be professional wrestling.
And while I’m loath to use the word “cured” in the context of a mercurial brain disorder such as depression, I have found that there is something so mood-altering about screaming “KILL HIM!!!!” (etc) ringside every month that it might be worth scientists looking into the serotonin-boosting effects of sledging.’ (Extract from Guardian online 28 Feb 2017 – link to full article below)
Clem is extremely articulate and his article is brutally honest; reading it, you can easily associate his thoughts and feelings with your own if you’ve ever suffered from depression, in particular the loss of enthusiasm and enjoyment for things that once appealed to us:
‘Depression has a habit of turning the future into grey mush, so that dreams become hazy and prospects are dimmed. The comic book writer Matt Fraction once gave some sage advice to a suicidally depressed fan that stressed the importance of having things to look forward to, even if it was just wondering what typeface Starbucks would use on their holiday cups next year’ (Extract from Guardian Online 28 Feb 2017)
Whilst Clem’s attitude is admirable and has clearly worked for him, it can be extremely difficult to find any kind of motivation whatsoever when struggling with depression. The days merge into each other, as do the months and sometimes the years – just what does it take to encourage us to take the first steps needed to rehabilitate ourselves into a life which has meaning and prospect?
And that is the million dollar question.
One thing’s for sure – if we can possibly motivate ourselves to do a little exercise every day, the feel good effects of this should enable us to move forward towards light at the end of a dark tunnel.