Shelby Deering

Shelby Deering

Lifestyle Writer


Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety


Ripon College, The University of Wisconsin-Madison



When it comes to fitness, I believe in meeting yourself where you are on any given day. When I'm struggling with seasonal depression or anxiety, I know that a walk, hike, or yoga might be better for me. On days that I feel good mentally, I can handle a long run or challenging HIIT workout. It's all about being gentle with yourself and doing what you can to better your mind and physical health.

— Shelby Deering


Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer specializing in physical wellness and mental health. For the past 15 years, which includes seven as an editor at a national print magazine, she has written long-form features and personal essays that center on the aspects of overall good health. She often draws from her personal experiences to craft her pieces, exploring the mind-body connection between mental health disorders and exercise, writing on yoga and other calming forms of movement, and running.

Shelby is a big believer in self-care, which includes exercise. She's been a runner for most of her life, listing a half-marathon as one of her top life accomplishments along with volunteering as a running coach for Girls on the Run International. She also enjoys High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) in a hot yoga studio, hiking, and going for walks in nature every day.



Shelby received her bachelor's degree in English from Ripon College and her master's degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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