In today’s society, we can access so many resources without having to put in any real effort.
Everything is available in an instant via our smartphones. We used to have to go to the store to buy household goods, now we can have them delivered to our doorstep the same day by Amazon. We used to have to go to the bank to deposit a check, now we can take a picture of a check on our smartphone and the money will be deposited moments later.
We barely have to move a finger anymore, but it’s actually in our best interest that we do keep moving (fingers, toes, arms, legs, etc.).
It is estimated that 322 million people worldwide live with depression. Pulling yourself away from society’s convenience tools and getting in a little physical activity daily can help to protect your mental health.
While previous research only showed physical activity and depression were linked, a recent New York Times article highlighted an innovative study by Choi et. al (2019) found that simple physical activities — jogging for 15 minutes or simpler activities like walking, gardening, or doing housework for closer to an hour — can actually protect against developing depression.
If you are considering suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available by phone 24-hours per day by just calling 1-800-273-8255.
If you’re a UNC student struggling with depression, UNC offers counseling and psychological services through the UNC CAPS program.
We all deserve the ability to be happy without depression getting in the way.
– Alex Kresovich
For more information, check out:
Choi, K. W., Chen, C. Y., Stein, M. B., Klimentidis, Y. C., Wang, M. J., Koenen, K. C., & Smoller, J. W. (2019). Assessment of bidirectional relationships between physical activity and depression among adults: a 2-sample mendelian randomization study. JAMA psychiatry.