Song of the Day: Never Let Me Go by Florence & the Machine (I’m unlikely to shut up about F&TM in the next few weeks, so apologies in advance).
It is common knowledge that exercise is very helpful in the treatment of depression, and this had proven true in my experience. But what about the effects on Hypomania? Does anyone else find that exercise can instigate a hypomanic episode?
Two years ago I was regularly going to the gym and found that within a couple of weeks I was hypomanic. Nothing too major, but enough to get the euphoria into overdrive. Guess it’s the effects of the endorphins. I got pretty obsessive about going too.
Today was only my second day back and whilst walking home I felt the familiar waves of hypomanic overconfidence and energy bursting through me. Don’t get me wrong this is a great feeling, but it always makes me a bit nervous coz I know it’s not “real” in a sense and that nasty things can follow- depression, angry outbursts etc. If I’m feeling this on only my second day back at the gym, I’m wary of what the next few weeks will bring. I think as long as I rest at home and stay pretty relaxed I should be OK. Not too much drinking for me!
I was at the gym for yoga today. Despite a break of a year and a half I did really well, but I guess I have kept it up a bit at home. It really is fantastic for relaxation and my thigh muscles don’t half groan at me the morning after. Only wish the dancing classes were still on offer there.
It’s my birthday in two weeks so we’re gonna go for a spa day at Center Parcs. Can hardly wait. Whale watching in Alaska or New Zealand would be nice, but think that might have to wait a few years!