I’m Good with Faith and Exercise



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By Sundeep Nijjar 

I am good because I strive to be the best person I can be every day.  This comes in aspects of being a good son, husband, student, worker and most importantly dog owner!  I have had many difficulties in life where I have had to put my personal goals on hold for reasons related to family, obstacles and circumstances outside of my control.  I was hit with a combination of emotional and professional stress caused by my personal and professional life.  Learning to do deal with these types of problems independently was a challenge for me, and being able to press reset in life without completely falling apart was a mountain that I had to climb.  Once a person begins making progress and gains momentum it is an amazing feeling!  Working hard truly pays off; whether it be in school, work or mental health recovery, it feels good to be in control of your emotions and not let them be in control of you!!

One of the most significant ways in which I gained control of my emotions, and in turn my life, was to start with my mind and turn to religion/spiritual support.  This provided “answers.”  Not that I was seeking answers from this source, but it provided me with a means to clear my mind. Being as borderline of an Atheist as I am, and yet admitting that I found ‘God’, was a huge adjustment for me.  In combination with this I started my old workout routine and got in shape.  Now I will play basketball 3-4 times a week and I also take part in an advanced annual basketball league in Santa Clara to keep the competition and spirit alive!  This provided a great mechanism for me to relieve stress and tension from my daily life with an added bonus of being healthy.

The other thing that helped a lot was eating healthy. We don’t think about what we put in our body and how it causes lethargy, stomach aches, cramps etc. By eating healthy the mind is healthy. Eating fresh strawberries versus eating packaged starbursts – one metabolizes better than the other. Guess which one?!

I don’t believe there is a way to end mental health per se, however, we can end the mental health stigma that exists in society today. We as a society are fine going to go see the doctor for any number of ailments – even if they are embarrassing.  However, going to a psychologist is considered to be negative, and often people feel ashamed to attend. They feel as though they will be considered crazy, imbalanced, etc. Instead of viewing psychologists and psychiatrists as threats or people to be feared, we will need to be more vigilant in creating motivation for individuals who are embarrassed to reach out and request help.

Today, I can honestly say that I am proud of where I am, what I’ve accomplished, and being a conscious adult, one who is able to be in control of things.

Hats off to all the mental health professionals and to all who have struggled to make it to the top of the mountain.

Remember to give back and pay it forward and spread the I’m good feeling!



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2 Comments on “I’m Good with Faith and Exercise”

  1. May 9, 2014 at 8:43 pm #

    Bravo to your cause for better understanding of mental health and its impairments.


    • May 30, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

      This story gives us hope.

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