quarterlifecrisis saidSo I've been going to this therapist for a couple months and I got diagnosis of depression. One side affect of depression that I see a lot of is my fatigue. I'm trying to get on medication, this reason I say this is cause I want to get back into going to the gym but am usually so drained that I can't seem to gather the energy to go. My therapist recommends the gym every time. Not that I'm fat, but I could get into better shape and a better body equals a better mind.
Did medication help anybody overcome something similar?
If not, what did? I'm trying to motivate myself to make it to the gym but nothing really gets me going. Help!
Depression is a vicious cycle for some folks. Exercise, bright light, change in routine, change in environment / social exposure, as well as meds, can break the cycle. Meds can create a dependency which a good doctor (sounds like you have) wouldn't want you to have.
In August, I'll be in my 35'th year of lifting. There's a point, in almost every session, where I FEEL the chemical processes that the exercise creates. Most master athletes call it "hitting the zone." When I hit the zone, everything feels different, from mood, to endurance.
If you're untrained, find an activity you like, along with resistance training, that you enjoy. Be consistent, persistent, and patient, and see where it leads.
Understand, you have a PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY to take care of yourself. It's something I, the shrink, or your best friend cannot do for you. You have to do that from within.
Get off your ass. Point one front in front of the other. March out the door. Get it done. Take control of your life back.
Things as simple as sunlight can fix the depression of many folks. Same thing about getting busy.