How Daily Workouts Have Helped My Anxiety

Do you suffer from anxiety? Since having my oldest daughter over 7 years ago, I have suffered from anxiety. I was fine being at home, but as soon as I got in my car for work in the morning, it would begin. My commute to school was only 15 minutes, but 5 minutes into the ride, the anxiety would kick in. My stomach would feel weak. My palms would sweat. Thoughts would go through my mind of "What if I died. What if something ever happened to my kids." The words would keep racing through my brain and wouldn't stop. It wasn't just my commute to work. It was any time I left the house for an extended period of time. Todd and I would go for a weekend get a way in Chicago and the entire time on the expressway, I'm gripping my seat, closing my eyes the entire way there. I hated the fact that I wasn't in "control" of the car. Again, that nervous feeling would run all through my body.

My doctor suggested that I take medication to alleviate the problem. I kindly declined and knew I just had to get over it on my own. I decided to forget the anxiety medicine and buy a new pair of gym shoes instead.

I started working out daily 17 months ago. Since then, my anxiety has been drastically reduced. I now have the freedom of driving to work without that pit in my stomach and traveling with my husband without the nerves running through my entire body.
Exercise gave me the power to be myself again. Thanks to those new pair of gym shoes, I got my life back!

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