How Swimming Helps My Depression

This post is a bit of a spontaneous one but there’s something that I just can’t help myself from talking about. That thing is swimming!

I recently watched a show on BBC called The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs. The point of the show was to encourage people to find alternatives to taking medication. The whole show was completely inspiring but one case stood out to me the most.

It was a case of a young mum who suffered from depression. She had been on antidepressants for six years but she was still not feeling any better. That’s when the doctor stepped in to help find an alternative to her meds. He suggested that the woman tried cold water swimming.

I won’t keep chatting on about the show but basically, it worked! The woman started to come off her antidepressants and she used cold water swimming instead.

This story hit home for me and it reminded me of just how happy I was when I used to go swimming when I was younger. I wanted to be that happy all over again and I didn’t want to be the girl who lived on her antidepressants.

So I decided to go swimming! I joined my local gym which has a great swimming pool.

I’m not saying that everyone needs to throw away their meds right now but what I am saying is that there will be other ways to help yourself as well and that you could maybe have a go of some new things and see what else can help you to get better.

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I have been to the doctors so many times about my depression and I was often told that exercise would benefit me. I had never really listened though because my depression made it hard for me to find the motivation to do exercise.

I’m so glad that I finally got myself into the swimming pool though. Swimming has so many health benefits psychically and mentally.

A mini list of reasons Swimming is great for your mental health:

  1. It makes you feel more motivated.
  2. It is fun.
  3. You can see other like minded people.
  4. Helps you to relieve stress.

What do you do that helps your depression?

Eleanor

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4 Comments

  1. November 17, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    That’s so great to hear that you found an alternative to medicine for your depression. That’s really inspiring! x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  2. November 17, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    I love swimming when I get the chance, it really is so relaxing! I am so happy I found your blog, keep up the amazing work! x

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  3. November 19, 2016 / 6:19 pm

    So happy for you! I also love swimming- it’s fun and so relaxing, I love being under water. Nice post, I like it! x

    Kayla | http://uncrea.wordpress.com

  4. November 25, 2016 / 1:36 am

    I have depression, anxiety disorder and SAD and a few things that really help me feel better in winter are playing with makeup, dressing up for outfit posts, yoga and really loud metal music, hahaha. xx

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