When I began this blog, my focus was definitely on hiking and running. That will still be my focus. However, I have realized that I can have more than one focus and there are other aspects of my life that I would like to discuss. My background and experiences with mental illness, nutrition, and general everyday life are also subjects that I would like to touch upon.
I feel a bit hesitant writing about my mental illness because it isn’t always well-recieved. However, I’d like to push past the stigma and be brave. It’s part of my life and maybe some insight will inspire others to discuss their own experiences.
I have Bipolar Disorder. Depression and anxiety have always been part of my life. I discovered I had Bipolar Disorder when I was in my early 30’s. By then, I was married and had two children. I was lucky enough to have a family that supported me through it all– good and bad. It was a very hard road, but I’m finally in a place where I am able to find balance and happiness. Running and hiking have really helped me in my journey. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have these activities to bring me joy.
The physical and mental benefits of exercise have been scientifically proven. For me, it’s a type of therapy. While therapy is very important, the positive effects are just intensified with physical activity.
When I’m in the woods, hiking on a trail, I can breathe in the beauty and tranquility all around me. I breathe out the stress, worry, and troubles of life.