It’s amazing the power a well written television show has to affect you. I watched two episodes of a tv show today. Both were very dark. Both dealt with family and loss. Having lost both my parents I’m vulnerable to being affected by those kind of stories. Grief is a strange thing. It never fully goes away. Yes, you learn to live with it. Yes, time dulls the pain. But that pain can so easily be brought back. Sharply. A certain song. A certain scent. Or a plot in a television show or movie. Even a stray thought can trigger depression.
So basically I was in a real funk. I couldn’t seen to shake this mood off. So i decided to go for a run. I’ve heard plenty of times exercise can improve your mood. So I took myself to our local park. I walked a mile as a warm up. Then I started my run. I only intended to run one mile. But as I came to the end of the mile I realized I still had something left in the tank. So I continued my run. I managed an extra half mile. It’s still hard. I guess running is never going to be easy. But my stamina is definitely increasing and my will power is getting stronger.
So did it improve my mood? Yes, it did. I do feel much brighter now. Next time i get into a state of depression or a bad mood I know what to do!