Health Q&A

Struggling with exercise because you're depressed or don't have the energy?
Saturday , 30 July 2011
Stressed?
Stressed?
Dr Melanie Schlatter
Dr Melanie Schlatter

Q: I’ve been struggling with exercising because I think I’m depressed. I just don’t have the energy. Can you help?

A: If you are indeed depressed, then a lack of energy is very common. But ironically, exercise is actually a form of positive ‘stress’ (“eustress”), which helps to increase energy levels, and produce serotonin to improve our mood. In order to boost your motivation, your chosen form of movement should be fun; you need to choose a non-negotiable time each day allocated to this (with gear already prepared); you need to feel excited about why you are wanting to do this, and you need clear achievable goals so that you can monitor all positive changes (which should inspire you to continue). Get accountability also – tell someone your plan. The more you simply ‘just do it’ (without thinking first), the faster your brain will learn that this feels better than not doing it at all.  - Melanie

Dr Melanie Schlatter
PhD Consultant Health Psychologist, She unblocks those mental hurdles.