“You Don’t Have to Be Great to Start. But You Have to Start to Be Great.” ~ Unknown ~
Individuals recovering from traumatic experiences are typically hesitant to engage in psychotherapy. However, research shows individuals are more likely to engage in enjoyable sports, exercise, or leisure activities, all which have shown in various studies to produce positive physiological effects on the brain…aka – the naturally produced feel good chemicals.
I second the information above. I’ve tried many types of psychotherapy including prolonged exposure, cognitive based therapy, cognitive processing therapy, to name a few. Given the choice, I’d rather hit the gym, throw weights around, and/or go for a run or hit the row machine! I just feel better afterword; although sometimes I have to force myself to workout.
I have friends who enjoy ping pong…that’s right, ping pong. No one says you have to be Arnold Schwarzenegger. Playing ping pong is a positive form of physical activity that might be exactly what you need physically and emotionally. Point is you are active. Do you! Just go easy on me if we ever play ping pong together.
PTSD and ME is glad you are here! ~ Adam ~
For more information on rowing, please check out Darkhorse Rowing. I visit the site often for tips on improving my row game. There are free videos on YouTube for everyone from beginners who’ve never touched a row machine to advanced athletes looking to squeeze more efficiency in their row game. The site offers paid options, which I know nothing about and do not use, but it might be something you are interested in? I have no affiliation with Darkhorse rowing, I’m not sponsored or endorsed by Darkhorse. The man instructor Shane is a great guy passionate about rowing and I appreciate all the free videos on YouTube.
-SEEKING HELP RESOURCES-
National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) VETERANS OPT -1
National Alliance on Mental Illness Helpline 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) (https://nami.org/Home)
Faith Communities Suicide Prevention / The Action Alliance (https://theactionalliance.org/)
Worried About Someone on Social Media?
~Support on Social Media~ / https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/social-media-hub/)
Works with Social Media Platforms via Trained Safety Teams to Reach Out & Connect the User with Help They Need
Primary Care Provider / Team
Family / Loved Ones / Trusted Confidant
**Not All Inclusive…these are a few resources to help point you in the right direction**