On 9/11/17, my 11-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer. Talking about Craaazy. I thought I was going to lose my mind. It would take me an entire book to tell you all that crossed my mind. Of course, it wasn’t supposed to be “my child,”…but IT WAS! And the mood swings began. When most people think of mood swings, they think up and down. Mine were up and down, left to right, corner to corner. Sometimes I was just in a mood. I didn’t know what to call it…stressed, lonely, angry, sad, anxious, or just burned out and tired. I would just sometimes get into a perfect “funk.” I definitely allowed my circumstaces to dictate my attitude and definitely my thinking…then suddenly, BAM! Before I knew it, I would be in a full-blown funk. Can anyone relate? Your circumstances may not have been cancer of a child or any type of illness. It could be loss of a job, break up of a relationship, wayward child…or a million other things.

While I should have taken to exercise, I took to food; anything that would make me “feel good” and we all know what that looks like. I took the long road to doing what I know was the right thing to do and that’s exercise and massage. Ladies, when we are upset or stressed, or feeling some-kinda-way, exercise and get a massage and the mood-changing endorphins they produce can be the best thing. I can’t tell you how much exercise has helped to control my emotions, helping to reduce my mood roller coaster, even during my son’s after care.

Busy ladies, the next time you feel a negative mood coming on, first pinpoint what is making you feel that way and why. Whatever it is, nail it down. Then use the ideas below and conquer your bad mood with a feel good exercise solution.

FEELING: Angry – Mood conquering exercise – try kickboxing, boxing, shadowboxing or martial arts. Those are sure ways to release anger with every punch, kick, and jab. Imagine whatever has you angry as your direct target for every kick, etc. Besides getting your anger out, you’ll burn plenty of calories.

FEELING: Depressed – The struggle is real. Millions of ladies suffer from depression. It can be totally emotionally debilitating and painful. The good news is that exercise is scientifically proven to help treat depression. Ladies, when dealing with depression, the hardest part is getting started. The right physical activity, though, can really help balance that downward mood. Outdoor walking, biking or running is an excellent form of exercise to help alleviate depression.

FEELING: Stressed – We’re all busy, often taking on more responsibilities than we can handle. When life gets crazy and you want to throw in the towel, you can wind down without giving up on your obligations. Yoga and pilates are great for helping to de-stress us.

Once I started back exercising, my mood started to stabilize a bit. It will probably not happen over night in every situation…it hasn’t in mine. It’s a daily task, taking every minute one moment at a time. Have you ever finished a workout and thought to yourself, “I wish I hadn’t done that! I really just wasted my time”? Probably not. Chances are, you feel better physically and mentally. Regardless of your funk, exercise can be a useful tool to get you back while busting your bad mood and getting back to your normal self. What are you waiting for?