I have a job! Actually, I’ve had a job for the last six months. I’ve been working crazy hours at Equiem, a startup. But more on this later.
A couple of years ago, I blogged about being depressed. While many of the things I discussed in that post helped, a bunch of my problems never entirely went away. I was better, but I wasn’t cured. I’d still have cycles where I dropped into a funk for a week or so. It wasn’t depression, but I was not myself.
A few months ago, I bought a bike. Some people like to run, I like to cycle. Hours and kilometres will go by, and to me it’ll feel like twenty minutes. I started structuring my weekends around my rides.
Since then, I noticed the my mood swings had disappeared. Sure, I’d have my off days, especially if I didn’t eat properly, get enough sleep, or got stuck at work till eight o’clock, but I no longer crashed for a week or more at a time. If I stopped riding, if I stopped climbing, it would start to come back. Constant exercise was the final piece in the puzzle to keeping the monkey off my back.
As a corollary, I loathe running. Nor am I particularly good at most team sports, so I tend to avoid these. But if they work for you, great! When it comes to exercise, do something you love, and it won’t feel like exercise, it’ll just be fun – and I bet you’ll feel better.