I’ll admit it folks – I have been a bit depressed. Change is hard, and it has always been hard for me. (I won’t regale you with tales of my first sleep away camp experience, but let’s just say it ended with a camp “therapist” and being allowed to leave early). The truth is – I miss LA… my friends, being able to audition (did I mention I am also an actor?), my creative outlets, my non-existent allergies, my juice place…oh and hiking and the beach! (have I sold you on LA yet?) But that nostalgic feeing probably isn’t changing any time soon so I knew I had to stop feeling bad for myself and start figuring out ways to enjoy my new home, DC.
Do you want to know one of the best ways to deal with (non-clinical) depression….EXERCISE! I am serious. In the words of Elle Woods, “Exercise gives you endorphins – endorphins make people happy and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands…they just don’t.” (cue my husband’s sigh of relief…) But there is truth in that statement! Beyond actually feeling happier, exercising is a great way to meet people.
I (sort of hesitantly) went to my first ever run club out of the Lululemon in Georgetown this week. I asked a friend to go – she couldn’t. I begged my husband to meet me there – he was stuck at work. But I didn’t back down…I said I was going to go, so I held myself accountable. Armed with music, I showed up shy and nervous like it was the first day of school, prepped to do my run while listening to music and leave. But do you know what ended up happening? I ended up talking to a really wonderful and interesting person for 6 miles…and I planned on only running 3! I was enjoying her company so much I just kept on going. Fact of the matter is, if my husband or my friend had come, I wouldn’t have met her. If I hadn’t pushed myself to go, I probably wouldn’t have exercised at all.
I came home happy, treated myself to a glass of wine (after all I had run 6 miles) and slept more soundly then I had since I moved. Endorphins…does a body good. (And wine doesn’t hurt…) I will definitely be going again next week. Anyone care to join me?