A Membership For Mental Health

A Membership For Mental Health

As most of you know, I am a pretty private person. I have good friends whom I confide in, and of course I consider all of you my family. But I don't like talking about myself and I am not one for discussing private struggles. But this article that posted on the CrossFit Journal last week struck a chord with me. I struggle with anxiety. And while not at the level of the article's author, it is still something I deal with on a daily basis.

I don't think I really knew it was anxiety until about 5 years ago.

I began struggling more than normal with focusing on daily tasks and feelings of being overwhelmed. I talked to my doctor, but didn't want to medicate if I didn't need to since I was told my case was "mild" or "normal" anxiety levels. So I started working out more. More consistently, more weight training, more hours... and it helped.

The gym is my outlet and my therapy in more ways than one. I use exercise as an outlet for my anxiety and to help me focus on tasks. The people who surround me here are a constant reminder of what hard work, determination and grit do for a person's soul. Hard work makes each of us feel accomplished. Helps each of us clear our minds and fine tune our bodies to better accommodate our daily stresses. And while mine is mild, other's may not be.

I encourage any of you who are struggling to reach out. Talk about it because you may be helping someone else. There is no reason to feel like you are the only one, because I can guarantee that you're not. Talk to a coach, another athlete, or a friend who doesn't come to the gym (then bring them to the gym!).

Use your tools in a healthy way. Find balance. Appreciate the people and things who surround and support you in this life!