Mental Health and Exercise?

You may wonder why I added the question mark when all the research clearly states that exercise is so good for our mental health.  I don’t deny it.  Exercise is a key component to our well-being and our recovery.  I question it sometimes because I feel so guilty when I don’t exercise.  I want to exercise…really I do.  I have all of the equipment for it.  I just don’t do it.  I find every excuse under the sun not to do it… “I’m too tired.”  “I’m too busy.”  “I have to do the dishes.”  That one makes me laugh… I hate to do the dishes more than I hate to exercise.  Oh dear!  Did I just admit that I hate to exercise?  I guess I did.

Hate may be too strong of a word.  It’s more like a very severe dislike of exercise…is there really a difference there?  Anyway, I’ve read the research and I KNOW how much it will benefit and how much it DOES benefit when I do exercise.  I do walk 3 days/week (give or a take a few) with my best friend.  I love it!  Well, I love the talking and spending time with her.  I’m ready for a nap when we’re done.  All those people that tell you how invigorating exercising is and how it wakes you up…well, they are liars!  At least in my case they are.  Exercise puts me to sleep.  Perhaps this is why I find it so difficult to exercise on my own.

Now what really works for the state of my mental health is glass art.  When I am creating something new in glass, oh there’s no other feeling like it on earth!  I put my creation in the kiln and in the morning it’s just magical!  It’s the same when I’m creating stained glass.  Once it’s all soldered in place, I raise it up to the light and see how the sun’s rays hit it.  Oh, it’s just stunning!  I live in a world of rainbows and band aids.  (**Band aids are for my fingers.  Accidents happen with the glass.)

So, if you’re able to exercise on a regular basis, kudos to you!  Could you let me know how you do it?  If you’re like me and can’t get the motivation to do it on your own, what do you do to improve the state of your mental health in the place of exercise?