Fuller House Star Andrea Barber om hvordan løb har hjulpet hendes mentale sundhed

Fuller House stjerne Andrea Barber-som har spillet fan-favorit Kimmy Gibbler siden serien første inkarnation, Fuldt hus, premieret i 1987 – opens up for her mental health struggle and reveals why race ultimately proved to be the best medicine for the fight against depression and fear.

When I crossed the finish line for my first full marathon, I shouted. I did not cry because of the pain, not because of everything I had lost. I cried with the realization of all that I had achieved.

Løb ændrede mit liv.

I have a lot of fear in most of my life. Jeg oplever depression sæsonligtigt; one of the worst episodes was under divorce in my 10 year old marriage.

Jeg er ikke fremmed for dybden af ​​depression. I know what it’s like to feel like you’re in a deep hole and can not crawl. I know how it feels you will never feel happy again. I know how it is to feel completely alone, even when you are surrounded by humans. Jeg ved, hvordan depression påvirker ens liv og liv for dem omkring dig.

Depression er en tyv. En tyv af lykke. En tyv af håb. En tyv af et godt levet liv.

It was under those darkest moments – the times when I was not so much levende just as much as I just breathed and existed on autopilot – when I drove, was the only thing that made me feel jeg lever.

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De timer, jeg brugte på vejen, reflekterede i mit liv og lyttede til den rytmiske lyd af mine sko, der ramte fortauet og følte solen på mit ansigt – became in the form of moving mediation. I began to discover that my life had a purpose again.

Der er ingen enkelt recept til depression. I have tried and benefited from medicine, speech therapy, meditation, prayer and self help books. ALLE disse ting hjælper. Mænd hvad gjorde den største forskel for mig? Løb.

There are scientific signs of how physical exercise affects the brain by creating endorphins, which in turn release serotonin, a type of chemical in your brain that substantially increases your mood and helps you feel happier. Mænd jeg føler, på dette område går endnu dybere end videnskaben.

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Høflighed Andrea Barber

Running hjalp mig med at finde en indre styrke, jeg vidste ikke, jeg havde. It taught me to become more comfortable with things that make me uncomfortable, like pain. It taught me to endure; hvordan man fortsætter fremad uanset hvor meget det gør ondt. It showed me the difference between fear of loneliness and embracing loneliness. It taught me that I can not always change the circumstances of my life, but I can change myself.

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Min positive reaktion på løb kom som en overraskelse for mig, fordi jeg aldrig har været en atletisk person. Aldrig. Jeg har aldrig spillet sport vokser op. I tried for women’s lacrosse team at college and finished after the first practice. At gå på gymnastiksalen lyder altid som en straf. So why now i my late 30 year old I was so drawn on a sport that involved driving many miles for long periods?

I feel like I have finally found a reason to drive that does not involve competition or weight loss or winning. Jeg løber for mig. At forbedre mig mentalt og følelsesmæssigt. And one bonus is that I also improve me physically.

Running har været den største enkelt ting jeg har gjort for min mental sundhed. Terapi has always been healing by helping me discover my triggers for anxiety and depression and gives me tools to fight them. Meditation hjælper mig med at holde mig i øjeblikket og stoppe med at bekymre mig om fremtiden. Anti-depressants help make me feel less sad, less hopeless, less dull. På køre får jeg mig til at føle mig mere. Mere levende. Mere selvsikker. Stronger. Gladere. Endorfiner er virkelig et kraftfuldt naturligt stof.

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Høflighed Andrea Barber

I crossed the finish line in my first 26.2 and cried; not for everything I had lost, but for recognition of all that I had achieved. En følelse af selvværd. Styrke. Perspektiv. Selvkærlighed. Lykke.

De siger, at du mister dig selv i de ting, du elsker. Sometimes you find yourself too.

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