Congrats M3G! Keep on truckin'!
Exercise was a critical part of me getting on some firm footing towards some lasting peace. Many years later, exercise is a critical part of keeping me moving, well, down my healing path. To me, vigorous, regular exercise (5-6 days a week) should be a part of everyones 'treatment plan' for anxiety issues. For something that can become so debilitating (anxiety / panic / fear / avoidance, etc), there simply should be little as far as excuses as to why we do not embrace a regimented exercise program in our lives. MAKE THE TIME....this is your well-being....and no one else is gonna do it for you. When I first began, the physical manifestations of exercising used to create lots of anxiety and panic, but this eventually wanes a great deal. I was a huge cardiophobe and getting my heart rate up was wildly fearful for me. But, ultimately, and with time, exercising is the BEST thing we can do to show our anxious minds that our bods are not failing us and that are minds aren't going crazy. The endorphins from exercise are wonderful. The health benefits are wonderful. The mental benefits are wonderful. We look better and feel better. What's not to LOVE!:)
Anxiety can beat us up and make us think, "what's the use...I just can't help myself...I'm pretty destined to live like this forever...exercise isn't gonna help ME...I just can't find the strength to begin...I'm scared that when I do try, I will fail." I thought this....it is anxiety chirping in your ear....it is not based in the truth. There are other actions and habits that we should embrace, also, but exercise is tremendously important in helping create the best overall approach in learning how to live, well, alongside our anxiety issues:)