Bike line - love line
I strongly believe that cycling is responsible for my improved mental wellness. “If I don’t bike, I feel as though I’m missing a part of my day, when I bike each day I feel happier. I’m more at peace and more relaxed.” Exercise is one of the best – and cheapest- anti-aging antidotes. Cycling outdoors in natural surroundings only magnifies these benefits. That’s because spending time in nature can, in itself, reduce stress and decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety. Cycling can elevate your mood, relieve anxiety, increase stress resistance, and even banish the blues.
"Exercise works as well as psychotherapy and antidepressants in the treatment of depression, maybe better, While some people ride to get fit, there are many who ride bikes simply because it makes them happy, and happiness is not trivial. How you feel about yourself, your life, and the world is just as important as the mechanical workings of your body. “What we think about ourselves is probably the central concept in our conscious lives,”So if you need a cure for the Facebook blues, bicycling has your back. So a few days biking to work there can have an overall positive impact on your perception of yourself. And why shouldn’t it, you’re wonderful!
While everyone feels a little bit anxious now and then, anxiety that endures can have real, lasting impacts on a person’s quality of life. Anxiety disorders, including panic attacks and social anxiety, can be anywhere from unsettling to crippling.
Many of us have friends whose battle with the ‘black-dog‘ has been won, with cycling and being on the bike oft-credited as ‘the reason’. One of my mates got through messy, painful, depressive episodes brought on by divorce. Cycling, she says, kept her sane and stopped her living in her bedroom crying for the rest of her life.