Many of us struggle with feelings of anxiety as well as overeating. In fact, for some people, stress and anxiety actually leads to comfort eating which can create an unhealthy pattern. Busy Philipps has admitted to facing similar struggles and feels like she’s found a solution that works for her.
In a post shared on Instagram, she said, “Someone asked me if people like my sweaty Instagram stories and my feeling is that, honestly, I don’t really care all that much. I post those for myself, as a f— yes for showing up.”
The 37-year-old actress explained, “I have anxiety and I have a tendency towards depression but I have found if I sweat like this, EVERY SINGLE DAY, I feel better, I’m calmer, I’m a better mom and those fogs of anxiety or sadness seem a little lighter. I’ve been picking my skin less, engaging in less binge eating and I’ve just felt better about myself.”
While she’s been enjoying SoulCycle and LEKfit classes, she doesn’t engage in the grueling workouts to impress people with her red carpet looks. She’s doing it for her own personal sense of well-being.
“My goal is not some perfect bod (I like chips and salsa and margs too much for that),” she explained. “My goal is to feel the best I can in my body and my brain for the rest of my life.”
That’s definitely a more healthy attitude to have than to just focus on the numbers on the scale. It can be discouraging when the pounds don’t just melt away but adopting an active lifestyle has so many benefits beyond looking good in a pair of jeans. This is a great example for everyone who is struggling to feel better in their own skin.