Yes, I know they’re all too common, but I have to admit I love year-end round-up posts. They give me a chance to look back and see what made my readers tick, and they give you a chance to catch up on some of the most popular posts of the year!
Based on Google Analytics, social media reports, and good ol’ fashioned comments, below are the Top 12 Your Body, Your Mind Posts of 2014.
I have a confession to make: I might have seriously flaked out last weekend.
Actually, I DID seriously flake out last weekend.
You see, last summer I participated in The Color Run (pictured above). It was A BLAST. I got together a big group of friends and formed a team and we had so. much. fun.
Robin Williams committed suicide earlier this week.
Say that again, out loud.
Robin Williams — one of the world’s funniest and, despite suffering from depression, seemingly happiest men on earth — committed suicide.
OK, let’s just get this out in the open: I hocked my first loogie ever (like, ever ever).
A few weeks ago, I ran my first 5k of 2014. Some of you will remember because I was trying hard not to be a little whining baby about having not trained in, like, a year.
(That, and that my beau basically told me to shut it and get out there.)
Well, I got out there. I didn’t beat my personal record (I was actually a few minutes off — whaaa), but I got out there and ran and jogged and walked and sweated my bum off and laughed with other runners and…
…hocked a big ol’ loogie.
As I mentioned before, I’ve had a little trouble getting back into serious running lately.
I’ve had various conversations about this. Some people say, “Just get out there and do it.” Others say, “Just be patient; it’ll come back to you.”
Others still say, “Maybe you just don’t want to run anymore.”
However, the funniest conversation I had about running (or, not running) was with a friend a few days ago. We were talking about how great it feels after the run, but how we’re kind of literally cussing out the run while it’s happening!
I’m guessing I’ll figure it out eventually, but in the meantime I just keep trudging running along.
Isn’t that how it goes in life sometimes? You do things you think you want to do, and find out you don’t actually want to do them. Or, you don’t do things that, if you did do them, you’d actually enjoy?
What are some things YOU could stop doing that, by stopping, you’d actually gain some joy? On the other hand, what are some things you could START or KEEP doing that would keep the joy rolling in — even if you have to tough it out a little to get there?
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I’m running a 5k tomorrow and I’m extremely nervous about it.
Maybe “nervous” isn’t the word. Maybe “anxious” is better.
So, I’m extremely anxious about it.
Earlier this week, Psych Central asked Facebook readers about their favorite workouts, and whether they felt working out benefited their mental health.
(Well, I mean, of course it does.)
The response was extremely positive (you guys are AWESOME!). People talked about yoga, aerobics, running — even just getting in a walk around the track when times got busy.
I was like a proud momma.
One theme I noticed, though, was that some of you talked about feeling “guilty” when you “fell off the wagon.”
Listen, I’m here to tell you, sometimes you’re going to fall off the wagon.
Greetings last minute holiday shoppers!
Well, I can only assume you’re shopping last minute, if you’re reading this post today
Don’t worry, I’ve put a few things off ’til the last minute, too.
(It’s been a rough season, to say the least.)
Fortunately, I’ve had time to come up with this list of mind and body gift ideas for your loved ones…
…or maybe for yourself!
(After all, who says you can’t treat yourself this season, too?)
Some of you might remember I lost my father to cancer a few weeks ago. Since then, I’ve lost my grandmother–his mother–too.
As you can imagine, so much loss, so quickly, has taken a toll on my emotional and mental health; in turn, it’s taken a toll on my physical health. My diet has gone to CRAP (hello emotional eating!) and finding the motivation to do any sort of physical activity–even restorative yoga!–is incredibly difficult.
Exercise is about more than just getting into those skinny jeans.
Actually, even though our country’s obesity rate is mind blowing, EXERCISE IS ABOUT WAY MORE THAN JUST LOSING WEIGHT.
Getting physical works wonders for your mental health, and here are five reasons you might consider creating a workout regime for your mental health.
Yay, Captain Obvious!
Still, I couldn’t create this list without including the fact that exercise helps alleviate symptoms like those associated with depression and anxiety.
I’m sure you already know this, BUT if you want to read the science behind it, check out Exercise for Stress and Anxiety (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) and Exercise for the Treatment of Depression and Anxiety (National Institute of Health).