This won't come as much surprise to anyone who rides regularly.
This thread is golden, because it is extremely relevant and holds true for so many.
Cycling in and of itself is not a cure, but can help an individual develop the tools to deal with wellness issues, especially Anxiety / Depression, and just the process of cycling has so many benefits to any person dealing with Anxiety/Depression that I believe it should be one of the go-to elements of therapeutic intervention.
Cycling will help dissipate nervous energy
(lack of a better term in this context) which often seems to accompany Anxiety and the associated emotional over-engagement (which is exhausting), or the other extreme, emotional avoidance (which can only occur for so long).
The beneficial aspect of cycling can be enhanced even further with one or two strategies, just to start with.
During a ride, focus on something internal, preferably a sensation within or occurring to, your body. Whether it be the stretch and warmth in your calves, or the sensation of 40km/h air passing over your face (or in my case 14km/h) and make a habit of experiencing the minute detail of cycling.
Try to concentrate on technique and smoothness, I mean really concentrate
, and strive for perfect form and technique, along the lines of Kata (Japanese term for the repetition of a series of movements in order to perfect the whole).
Part of this will result in a focus on the sensation and detail of the present, real-time experience. The here and now, to the exclusion of everything else.
This is mindfulness, an extremely powerful and effective weapon to deal with Anxiety/Depression.
Someone once described their depression as mashed potato, and that everything was like bland, packet mashed potato. No joy in anything, no motivation to do anything, no need or desire to interact with anyone because it was all mashed potato, and she knew it would be mashed potato, so why bother?This is not therapeutic advice or counseling, please do not accept this as a substitute for any form of psychological intervention.
If you are feeling down or flat, or anxious and wound up, just be aware that Anxiety/Depression can affect anyone, anytime
Please speak to someone, your GP should be your first point of contact, and GP's nowadays are far more equipped to assist with mental health and wellness issues than ever before.https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/