The Connection Between Your Mental And Physical Health
Tim Davis has been a science educator & coach for over 20 years; and he’s the author of TRIPOLAR: The Story of a Bipolar Triathlete. He’s a big advocate for mental health and physical fitness and their connectedness. He has been in recovery for over 14 years, and also competing and coaching in triathlons and endurance races for over two decades.
This episode is excellent for anybody who is interested in the connection between exercise and mental health, and anybody who has struggled with or had a family member who has struggled with bipolar disorder, alcoholism, and/or drug abuse.
In this episode we discuss:
- The courage it requires to share your mental health story
- How Tim became an advocate for mental health
- Tim’s experience self-medicating with drugs and alcohol and how he realized he had to make a change
- The process of accepting a mental health diagnosis or label
- Exercise and how it helps to manage and decrease anxiety
- How Tim uses running to cope with his day to day stressors and increase peace and productivity
- How to create a routine and motivation to start exercising and improving your physical and mental health
- The burnout Tim experienced from being a high-achiever and setting large goals and how he has coped with it
- The importance of spending time in nature and balancing that with responsibilities and the relationship with have with technology
- The day to day habits Tim engages in to maintain his sobriety and mental health
- The cognitive benefits of exercise
- The importance of caring for your body in improving your mental health
- Advice for seeking out help or starting exercise when you are struggling with your mental health
- The mindset component of exercise
- Ideas to help motivate you to exercise and engage in healthy habits
- The 3 parts of yourself that you need to take care of it
- Tim talks about his struggles with alcoholism, drug abuse, and childhood trauma and how he coped with and overcame these struggles
Here’s where you can find Tim:
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