Staying physically active is one of the things that helped me deal with the ups and downs of the last year. I went for a run, when I would have much rather stayed in bed all day. I lifted weights at the gym, when I wanted to do was crawl into a corner and cry. Not every workout was particularly effective, in terms of repetitions and burned calories, but the fact that I didn’t give up, even during the hardest of times, made me feel really strong. I derived a lot of pride from knowing that whatever might be going on, I am always taking care of myself and am being persistent in my efforts. I like seeing my thighs get tighter and my abs become more defined. But most of all, sports kept me together emotionally, when I needed it most. Plenty of psychological studies prove that even 30 minutes of strenuous physical activity per day stimulate the production of so-called “happiness hormones”. I experienced this in practice – even when I was at my angriest or most upset, after a workout a new perspective would emerge and I would be able to see what was going on with a clearer head. This way sports became a kind of meditation for me. If today doesn’t feel that great for you, go out and jog, even if it is just for 15 minutes. It might turn out to be the first step towards a new way of life and mindset.