Divorce and Stress Relief-Try Exercise

(That is me on the far right:-)
When my husband first left me I did sink into despair and depression.  I don’t know how I was able, but I continued to exercise. I would jog with my dog when I felt like going to bed and curling up in the fetal position. After work I would attend Gabby’s Zumba classes when all I wanted to do was go home and cry. Gabby will  never know how much she helped me. Even though I was in a mental fog, I was still able to keep moving. Maybe somehow in the back of my mind, I realized I needed this physical activity to help me survive this trauma.
Fast forward six years.  I am still taking Zumba classes and now my instructors are Marissa and Tracey, and I adore them as I do Gabby.  I also take long walks with Brodie and do other types of exercise at a local gym.  For me, exercise helps me to keep my mind and body in better shape.
Here is a quote from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America…

“The physical benefits of exercise—improving physical condition and fighting disease—have long been established, and physicians always encourage staying physically active. Exercise is also considered vital for maintaining mental fitness, and it can reduce stress. Studies show that it is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and at enhancing overall cognitive function. This can be especially helpful when stress has depleted your energy or ability to concentrate.” Anxiety and Depression Association of America

If you happen to be under a lot of stress and even if you are not you can’t go wrong with beginning an exercise program.  (See your Dr. before starting.) There are so many health benefits, and one of them is stress relief.

Take good care of yourself,
KathieyV

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Hi, I am a mom, nana, and writer living in the beautiful state of NC. I was married for 37 years and then blindsided by my husband, a former pastor. After decades he filed for legal separation without a word to me. It has been a rough road coming to terms with this new life that has been chosen for me. My blog is a place where I share "The Beginning," this place I found myself, a place I did not want to be. "The Journey," the things we need to do as we traverse this new road. Lastly "The Joy," and yes there is still joy to be found even after great pain. I have finished my first book "My Story My Divorce God's Promise, The Beginning." I am in the process of writing The Journey and The Joy. Please join me on my adventure to a new life. Always remember God's Promise "I will never leave you or forsake you."

7 thoughts on “Divorce and Stress Relief-Try Exercise

  1. Oh my goodness I did not realize you had gone through all of that Kathy! We certainly love you and I’m beyond thankful that Zumba has kept you afloat in heavy times. I know it does for me and many others as well! I’m looking forward to dancing with you again soon!!! Xoxo – Tracey

  2. You are an incredible woman !!! I admire you so much !! You know you have a family with us! 💜 … Marissa

    1. Thank you Marissa, you and the Zumba ladies always feel like family! It is a blessing to be part of this group. Thanks

  3. With exercises, you can never go wrong about healing better from grief. I recall, it worked for me in 2014, when I suffered my very first heart-break in life. It did wonders for me all the way till 2015.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs and kisses.

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