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How Exercise Improved My Anxiety

Updated: Apr 19

By Claire (The Millennial Londoner)

 

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This blog is purely for informational purposes compiled from personal experience and reputable sources. If you require any health advice please speak to a medical specialist. This blog also contains affiliate links that allow me to earn a commission at no extra cost to you.

 

If you go onto Instagram you'll see plenty of fitness fanatics showing you an aesthetically pleasing Insta feed with tonnes of scrumptious food and intense workouts. It can feel daunting looking at all this healthy stuff that you know you should be eating but struggle the temptation of a big mac or a cheeky Nandos. I felt the same way ( and still kinda do) where healthy food made me feel good but it didn't taste good so I found myself falling back into bad habits which only made my mental health worse.



A little back story about me


I spent most of my teenage years neglecting my health and diet. I wouldn't drink water unless I felt thirsty (being dehydrated can impact your mental health too) and would eat a RIDICULOUS amount of sweets, chocolate and fizzy drinks on a daily basis. At the time it didn't impact me immediately but after a while of doing this, I noticed I had more headaches, and felt groggy and nauseated almost daily.


By the time I got to college, I started experiencing lightheadedness often, and had heart palpitations, nausea and fatigue almost daily. Unbeknownst to me, my mental and physical health was declining and no matter how much I'd eat or sleep it never improved. I turned to everyone's trusted online doctor Google and would spend hours googling different symptoms and then go down the rabbit hole of different illnesses, disorders and health impediments.