The camaraderie and support that I received was a huge part of my recovery. I was dealing with a period of depression that was affecting every part of my life. While attending Mood Active classes, I began feeling stronger physically but also, emotionally. I was better able to make decisions and feel more confident. Cam and the Mood Active team are highly knowledgeable about depression and mood disorders – I could not have gotten through that extremely difficult time of my life without them
I was diagnosed with post-natal depression after my second child was born and I was looking for a program that would target depression through exercise. Initially I felt nervous and “exposed”, but soon I felt comfortable thanks to the inclusive and supportive attitude of the trainers and other participants. Regular exercise sessions made a big impact on my mood and helped build my self-esteem as well. Joining Mood Active was the best decision I made for my mental health wellbeing.
- knowing there are others there with problems similar to mine
- having a reason to get out of bed
- it’s cathartic being able to discuss symptoms & treatments with others
- the tennis drills & games keep my mind from ruminating
- during a class I notice my mood lifting
- afterwards I feel good that I have made the effort & accomplished something for myself
I have found Mood Active to be such a positive addition to my management of depression and anxiety. Initially I was dubious I could commit to the three sessions required, but it is easier than going to classes at a gym because you are encouraged and supported along the way. I have also met some fantastic people, people who can empathise with the struggles you are going through.
I was so happy and surprised that I was able to commit to the program and actually enjoy exercising. I improved my fitness despite struggling with weight owing to the side effects of medication. It has really changed my life for the better and I know it can help other people too.
Especially in the midst of tough times battling bi-polar depression, I’ve relied on exercise to lift my mood and reduce anxiety. Whether it's running a few beach laps with my best mate, an hour on the tennis court or in the gym, a game of touch footy, squash, a yoga session, or just biking from A to B, it's been my always-reliable stick for chasing away the Black Dog. It still is today.