Doing some physical exercise often changes the brain-chemistry. Absolutely the worst thing about writing is the hours you spend sitting on your backside staring at a computer screen. Go for a run. Better, take up a sport. Exercise plus fun is a great stimulus to the mind. Whatever way you do it, a sweat can work wonders.
Brrrr!! I bet it does! I live near a forest and have a Border Collie (hence the nickname!). I agree, exercise is the best thing for stimulating your mind…and your mood. A walk in the woods gives me thinking time.
Yes, your mood as well. Definitely, if you are feeling low, don’t reach straight for the booze. Do some exercise.
Then reach for the booze! : )
On a more serious note, I have found that the more I go cold water swimming, the easier it gets. I am really conditioning my brain not to panic and to remember that it’s going to be okay because I did this before and survived.
I got the idea from a Dutch guy called Wim Hof who has world records in ice bath endurance and has a big following online. He claims that it has benefits for strengthening the immune system and protecting against dementia. I don’t know if these claims have been independently validated but just doing what I do makes me feel better.
Of course it’s still only the start of December. Let’s see how I fare after some real icy blasts in January and February…….
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