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How much does sleep/eating/exercise affect your mood?

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December 9th, 2013, 09:06 AM
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Are you really sensitive to changes in your sleep/eating/or exercise?

I am especially sensitive to changes in my sleep. If I don't sleep well it will throw my moods out of wack. My appetite changes depending on my mood but I don't really notice that eating more or less makes my mood change but rather the other way around, my mood affects my appetite. And exercise makes a huge difference. When I exercise I always feel better.

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December 11th, 2013, 04:00 AM
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If I don't get sleep, it makes everything worse.

My appetite def. changes based on how I'm feeling. If I'm having anxiety, I barely eat, where if I'm not having anxiety, I can eat and eat and eat!
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December 12th, 2013, 12:57 AM
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I'm in a manic swing right now and I usually don't sleep which is not healthy but I'm off my meds so we can TTC and my doc doesn't want to put me on anything at the moment. It sucks but I sleep if/when I can.
Same here, my moods affect if/when I eat. Not the other way around.

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December 12th, 2013, 06:30 AM
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Exercise is a big mood booster for me, the biggest one in fact, probably as much as meds. But the problem is I am so lazy/ depressed most of the time that it's hard to do. I should be running right now but it is COLD outside. Shame on me.
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December 18th, 2013, 09:31 AM
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Sleep is the hugest trigger for me....too little sleep and I can guarantee I will be an emotional disaster. Food....ugh....I have dealt with eating disorders since I was 14 and food is also a huge trigger but I have worked really hard on having healthy behaviors and knowing that I am doing what my body needs rather than what my head is telling me to do/not to do. I honestly haven't tried a lot of exercise because I get super obsessed with it but I can imagine that it would really help if i got up and moving more often...that is definitely the plan when this pregnancy is over. I agree with lapoema though that the hardest thing to do when anxious/depressed is to pick myself up and exercise....definitely need to work on that. Anyone do yoga???? Wondering if that may help my anxiety?!
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January 2nd, 2014, 02:44 AM
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According to me that sleeping,eating and exercises has own effect on our mood so we should be keep maintain of these habits properly.Just i want to say that proper sleep,eating and proper exercises work is the symbol of the perfectible life and good health.

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February 6th, 2014, 05:38 PM
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Very..i m doing awesome with this pregnancy as opposed to my last just simply because of better sleep, diet, and walking 40 -60 min daily.. and i have very severe anxiety and ocd... if i don't sleep at night well, and don't eat high fiber, nutritious food, and stop walking , i start to go back to my old ways .. obsessing over my thoughts, and moods, i have moodswings, i feel negative about everything, and become very depressed. i strongly believe these things have saved my life, evn tho im not 100% better , i can say im 70% better than 2 yrs ago. I know what you mean about your mood affecting your appetite. The same happens to me, and that y i have a smoothie or shake when my appetite is down, and i automatically feel better.

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