Exercise should not be your therapy
I often hear people say that exercise is their therapy and whilst it’s often a throwaway phrase, it can be symptomatic of a deeper issue. Exercise can certainly support mental health but it should not be a replacement for professional treatment or your only coping tool.
Equally, exercise should be something that is engaged in for enjoyment, not because you feel compelled to do it to feel okay about yourself. Diet culture has normalised an obsessive relationship with exercise and it is not okay. Just because it might seem normal, it does not mean it is healthy. If you’re struggling, know that things can get better. It takes hard work, lots of self-compassion and unlearning a lot of the societal messages that have been ingrained. It is always possible. It is never too late. You are not broken. You’ve got this.