I have had slight depression for about 16 months and recentry about 2 months back after quitting cigarettes (10year habit) I started having panic attacks, anxiety, very prominent depression, depersonalization and insomnia. Due unrelated circumstances at this point I also have abstained from reguslr exercises for about 5 months ( before that I exercised a lot abot 3-4 times a week).
At this point I have serious insomnia ( i wake up every 2-4 hours and then cant sleep for 1-2 hours. I sometimes just say fck it and stop nights sleep at 3AM.) and anxiety (i can almost feel adrensline pumping in my body every few hours. Its mentally manageable but bothersome and makes my thoughts race. Also makes me think subtly I may injure myself.. like pencils or bright objects on my side bother me and make me think i can injure my eyes against them(.
Ill try to record my experience as I am back to regular exercise schedule - at least 3 times a week per 2 hours in gym. I have gotten weak now, so I think anyone can learn something from me. Perhsps you will read it and decide to exercise too.
Today on 17th.november I exercised for about 1 hour - bench press - deadlifts ( from very light to heavy and at least one time I pushed for more than I felt comfortable). Concentration is weak.. my thoughts wander around when I started with jog.
Now hour later.. my anxiety still is here but has noticeable drop. Not too noticeable.
I feel sleepy already. Ill go meet friends and try to be in bed by 24oo.
So first try for regular exercise - its ok but honestly you feel more physical (tiredness) than mental benefits.so far so good. Lets see what happens in 1 week. Gonna write it here!!