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Exercise

How do you deal with the pain and anxiety that comes with having bipolar? Have you ever thought about exercising? I exercise six days a week and it is a huge stress reliever. I highly recommend it. 

It's hard finding the motivation to do it, but you could always start by taking a thirty minute walk. You might find how nice it is to just get out there and be outside. That's how I got started. I'm so glad that I did, too. 

There are so many other things that you can do, you can sign up for a 5K or start taking dance classes. You can even check out a yoga DVD from your local library. You're bound to find something that you like. 

I'm not saying that you have to become a fitness expert or anything. The thing is, I used to hate exercise. I'll admit, there are still some mornings when I'll get up and think, "Great, I have to exercise!" But once I'm done, I'm so glad I did it. It's very much worth it. 

So, next time you feel bad, try something as simple as a walk or a run. Just make sure you've got on good shoes! Hopefully, you'll find something that you like. Good luck!

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For anyone reading Sarah's awesome post, if you want to read a little more about exercise helping someone with bipolar, I wrote about it for the International Bipolar Foundation at the following link:

http://www.ibpf.org/blog/different-take-exercise-and-why-i-want-you-join-me

Be sure to read the comments section (the 2nd comment added by me) about the incredible psychiatrist Dr. Mohammad Alsuwaidan and his opinion on how he has witnessed how exercise helps mood disorders.

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