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This week's moodfoodmove theme is how Exercise helps people prone to mental health issues. I've gathered inspiring testimonials on on the impact exercise has for helping folk get - and stay - clean, sober, sane. Exercise gives you so much, but perhaps most of all it helps you redefine yourself as something other than an addict, alcoholic, depressive. You are now a runner, a swimmer, a climber, a cyclist, a triathlete.

This week's moodfoodmove theme is how Exercise helps people prone to mental health issues. I've gathered inspiring testimonials on on the impact exercise has for helping folk get - and stay - clean, sober, sane. Exercise gives you so much, but perhaps most of all it helps you redefine yourself as something other than an addict, alcoholic, depressive. You are now a runner, a swimmer, a climber, a cyclist, a triathlete.

This week's moodfoodmove theme is how having a pet helps people prone to mental health issues like depression, addiction, anxiety. There is so much more to owning a pet than companionship. During this week we'll cover a number of topics involving pet ownership, and how they positively impact your mental health. You can love a pet, and he can love you back. x

This week's moodfoodmove theme is how having a pet helps people prone to mental health issues like depression, addiction, anxiety. There is so much more to owning a pet than companionship. During this week we'll cover a number of topics involving pet ownership, and how they positively impact your mental health. You can love a pet, and he can love you back. x

Not only is exercise good for your physical health, there are several mental benefits as well. Exercise can help you concentrate, and even decrease depression.

Not only is exercise good for your physical health, there are several mental benefits as well. Exercise can help you concentrate, and even decrease depression.

The new moodfoodmove theme for the week is How Remembering That You Always Have Options helps people prone to depression, addiction, anxiety. Remembering That You Always Have Options encapsulates perspective, persistence, patience. And it's really the pivot point of moodfoodmove: to keep on trying, to not give up, to try something new and to yet again try something else. There are so many ways to improve your mental health, and strengthen your foundation. You always have options.

The new moodfoodmove theme for the week is How Remembering That You Always Have Options helps people prone to depression, addiction, anxiety. Remembering That You Always Have Options encapsulates perspective, persistence, patience. And it's really the pivot point of moodfoodmove: to keep on trying, to not give up, to try something new and to yet again try something else. There are so many ways to improve your mental health, and strengthen your foundation. You always have options.

This week's moodfoodmove theme is how 'Making a Relapse Prevention Plan' helps people prone to depression, addiction, anxiety. I'l be going into more detail through the week, but I'd like to first make four points. One: yes, you do need a Relapse Prevention Plan (RPP). Two: make the RRP when your mental health is good. Three: give a copy of the RRP to a trusted member of Team You. Four: the RRP is important, so take your time to make a good one.

This week's moodfoodmove theme is how 'Making a Relapse Prevention Plan' helps people prone to depression, addiction, anxiety. I'l be going into more detail through the week, but I'd like to first make four points. One: yes, you do need a Relapse Prevention Plan (RPP). Two: make the RRP when your mental health is good. Three: give a copy of the RRP to a trusted member of Team You. Four: the RRP is important, so take your time to make a good one.

All of us with mental health issues default to whatever makes the pain and discomfort of life easier. Some of us drink; others binge-eat; others lurch from one drama or meltdown to another; and some retreat to isolation or bed. Life is hard. Life hurts. Here I focus on the message that exercise is not another easy way out. It's not another default position to adopt when life is a struggle. Exercise takes work. It's hard work. But, to be able to 'Just Do It' is a great reward of Exercise.

All of us with mental health issues default to whatever makes the pain and discomfort of life easier. Some of us drink; others binge-eat; others lurch from one drama or meltdown to another; and some retreat to isolation or bed. Life is hard. Life hurts. Here I focus on the message that exercise is not another easy way out. It's not another default position to adopt when life is a struggle. Exercise takes work. It's hard work. But, to be able to 'Just Do It' is a great reward of Exercise.

Exercise gives you a new identity. Folk with a mental health condition can often find themselves defined by their condition's label. That makes for a small identity, and is limiting in how you view yourself. As you begin exercising you grow with it. And you settle into something that grows with you - your muscles, your confidence, your skills, your proficiency. And one day you find yourself saying "I'm a cyclist/runner/weightlifter/hiker". That day is a good day.

Exercise gives you a new identity. Folk with a mental health condition can often find themselves defined by their condition's label. That makes for a small identity, and is limiting in how you view yourself. As you begin exercising you grow with it. And you settle into something that grows with you - your muscles, your confidence, your skills, your proficiency. And one day you find yourself saying "I'm a cyclist/runner/weightlifter/hiker". That day is a good day.

Exercise fills up the space that your addiction - excessive eating, drinking, substance abuse - once took. Great swathes of time, brain space, life, is lost to your over-eating/drinking/substance. And what do you do when you aren't doing it anymore? Seriously, that is a very big issue. Exercise goes toward filling that vacuum. With your addictive personality you can now channel your energies positively into exercise.

Exercise fills up the space that your addiction - excessive eating, drinking, substance abuse - once took. Great swathes of time, brain space, life, is lost to your over-eating/drinking/substance. And what do you do when you aren't doing it anymore? Seriously, that is a very big issue. Exercise goes toward filling that vacuum. With your addictive personality you can now channel your energies positively into exercise.

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