Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Endorphins - the feel-good hormone

You know, when I'm feeling blue and don't know what to do I reach for...well I just go to the gym and exercise, sometimes I clean my house from top to bottom until I drop.  Why? Because I know that this feel-good hormone will be released and I will feel better in the end.  

This week I briefly shared my blue or should I say how I was feeling blue.  I have some anxiety over our potential military move, probably out of the country, this Summer.  Some anxiety over my oldest boy getting into a good school, preferably one that offers him a scholarship.  He works so hard, he deserves the best he can get.  Anyway, with him going to college and us leaving, you can imagine why stress sometimes gets the better of me.  Add to that a 15 year old girl who questions her looks daily and...oh my gosh, it's crazy.  She's just like me at that age - how scary is that.  By the way, there is a 6 year old girl and 2 year old boy in the mix but they are still in the sweet stage.

Don't get me wrong, I have no regrets.  I love my kids and love doing everything I do for them.  They truly are my world.  However, that doesn't mean I wont stress and worry about stuff.  Usually stuff I have no control over.

I generally fix that by going to the gym and getting a good workout, adjusting my diet to make sure I'm getting exactly what I need and not what I crave, staying hydrated and getting enough sleep--at least 7 hours a night.

Today, tonight, I feel like a new person and it's only Tuesday.   I have 4 more days of exercise to fit in.  I taught a Spinning(r) class on Monday, Muscle Conditioning class today, Turbo Kickboxing tomorrow and so on...That is my pill, that is my cure for mental sanity and I am happy to recommend it to anyone out there.  When you're feeling down and blue, go for a walk, a run, a swim, anything that requires your full attention and energy.  You'll see what I mean.

By the way, thanks for all the well-wishers who sent me a message of support.  I really did appreciate your sentiments. 

Take Care