Don’t sit too much.
For your mental health. Not just physical. Especially when you’re depressed, grieving, or traumatized.
During the earlier months of the pandemic, I had Boris, a teenage high school patient.
He’s always sitting in his room. Too much for hours, even missing meals. Playing games. Porn.
One day, his Mom found him dizzy, trembling, and having a sort of heart attack in bed.
Boris was rushed to the hospital ER. And the doctors eventually recommended that he be treated too in the psychiatric basement.
WebMD, in a very helpful article, named several reasons why sitting too much is bad for anyone:
1. It hurts your heart.
2. It can shorten your life.
3. Dementia is more likely.
4. You’ll undo all that exercise.
5. Your odds of diabetes rise.
6. You could get DVT (deep vein thrombosis).
7. You’ll gain weight.
8. Your anxiety might spike.
9. It wrecks your back.
10. It leads to varicose veins.
11. If you don’t move it, you could lose it.
12. Your cancer risk goes up.
Daily, I’ve developed the habit of taking long walks. Especially after long sessions of uninterrupted sitting.
I do feel strong and refreshed after my long walks. It’s one of my favorite ways to keep myself in good health.
Are you in a bad situation? Say losing a loved one, a job, or experiencing failure?
Just get up! Don’t sit too much. Sitting too much is bad for you. It prolongs your agony.
You take a walk, among other things.
As Hippocrates, father of medicine, put it,
“If you are in a bad mood, go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood, go for another walk.”