I have a really hard time with exercise because I don't have a lot of confidence in myself to actually stay comitted. Some days I am more motivated than others. I can never seem to exercise regularly. One of the reasons is when I exercise, although I feel physically better (i.e. less headaches, other aches, more energy), my dp sometimes heightens, if this makes any sense. I always tell myself, someday, I will exercise regularly. I still consider myself fairly healthy.
I believe changing my deit has helped a whole lot. I've cut out caffeine and too many sugars. I had began smoking and was drinking on the weekends a lot. Stopping this has helped me tons. I do need more exercise though. I play sports but I really don't play enough to consider it a well planned exercise routine. Plus, sometimes I really don't eat as well as I should. These things really do help.
I did those things and they really helped me get better. I think that my DR is coming back somewhat due to my poor eating habits and the fact that I stopped taking omega-3. Also, you asked about sleeping. The less I sleep, it seems as though my DR gets worse the next day.
Yes, actually - I have to admit that being physically active, eating well, sleeping well, and doing things good for my body helps. This doesn't stop me from remembering the odd feelings of DP, however - which can sometimes be enough to make it come back with occasional twinges (just remembering how it felt).
The difference, I find, when I'm rested and heatlhy physically is that I'm less prone to serious, deep panic attacks or episodes of terrifying DP (like I used to have). I keep a fairly consistent "odd" state about me - but nothing severe.
IN short - if I'm bad to my body, I can get things severe, but if I'm good to my body - my mind seems to stay at a constant simmer but no major uprisings.
For the last five years I have worked hard on bringing my body back from death's door. Having suffered with anorexia for a very long time I had to work harder than I have ever worked to save my own life. For a while it was touch and go, I thought the I would never be able to survive. The dp/dr at that time was absolutely awful. I cried more than I ever cried in my whole life. I had so many dreams, I had graduated just a few months before I literally collapsed from not eating. I spent months in hospital which I must say helped some but I realized I had to work and I had to work every waking moment of my life if I was going to make it. Since then I have brought my wieght back, become stronger, lots of probelms yet but I exercise and eat properly. Unfortunately there was damage from the eating disorder but I know that it will be a daily fight which I am willing to keep fighting. Sadly though the dp/dr did not get better even though I have worked so hard at being well. I do not know what is causing the dp but I continue to keep trying in hope that some day it will go away. The positive is I am healthier and stronger even with the complications that came with the anorexia. I can no longer eat solid food but I just look at that as another little hurdle that I have to climb. Now even though it did not help the dp/dr it has helped me physically and emotionally. I believe what did get better was the panick attacks decreased when I was eating better. Low blood sugar can make you feel extremely anxious and can make you feel dp/dr so I believe it is very important to eat well, get lots of rest, and exercise. I am hopeful that in time the dp/dr will decrease. After all it took a long time to get this way it may take a while to be well again.
I have also cut out caffine and it seems to be helping alot. I am woring on cutting the ciggs out to! If you think of it it makes sense. Caffine is bad for people with anxiety and lol face it who here doesnt have that!
A lil fact some of you may or may not know:
When you exercise it causes a natural release of the chemical seritonin,(the chemical released when you take X)your happy chemical, and thereby causing a better mood! In fact it has even been found that people who excercise on a regular basis will get cranky when they have not evercised for a few days! ... food for thought!
I walk to school everyday for 40minutes and like 1 or 2 times a week i walk back. I love walking to places, i don't eat alot but i make sure i get my daily nutritions.
I want to try to get omega-3/fish oil supplements, i think those might be of some help. I don't think nutrition can affect dp/dr, isn't not psychoactive. However, i do beleive it can improve our outlook on life with dp.
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