Did you know you’re the source of so much good and happiness?
If you don’t, it’s time to remind yourself.
Anxiety and depression will do it’s best to make you think you’re no good – but that’s really not true.
You’re an inspiration.
You don’t get everything right and you make mistakes, but so does everyone else.
People draw strength from you.
You make others smile and laugh.
You’re unique and special.
You’re a good person.
You deserve to be as happy as anybody else.
Don’t allow anxiety and depression to cause any doubt. Love yourself - you have a lot of offer.
“Love yourself—accept yourself—forgive yourself—and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.”
- Leo F. Buscaglia
When I was at my lowest points, with anxiety and depression hitting me hard, eating became much less of a priority.
That was a real problem, because low energy is one of the biggest contributing factors to the fear cycle.
If you’re not giving your body the energy it needs to fight you’re going to be running on an empty tank, and even the fittest of mind can’t do that. You have to give your body and mind the chance to fight by giving it fuel (food).
I know first-hand how tough it can be to stomach food when your highly anxious and feeling depressed. You look at food and eating is the last thing you want to do.
I found the solution to this problem in Protein Shakes.
Protein Shakes aren’t just for bodybuilding - some are made as meal substitutes for dieting. Most decent Protein Shakes contain all the ingredients you need that a meal will offer. They can provide your body and mind with the energy you need to fight, and the best thing is you don’t need to eat a thing.
This wasn’t a long-term solution for me, and it shouldn’t be for you either. It’s just a way to get you through the tougher times, before you pick up those chopsticks and get back into the world of eating.
However you’re feeling today, whether that be anxious, depressed, sad, angry, or stressed, time is the best healer and it will bring you a new day.
The true meaning of this is diluted, so we tend to shrug it off when somebody says tomorrow is another day, but it really is.
A good night’s sleep is sometimes the only remedy you need to make change.
Anxiety and depression normally goes hand-in-hand, and getting out of bed in the morning can become daunting.
The issue here is the motivation for wanting to get out of bed.
“If I get out of bed today I’m just going to have another day filled with anxiety, so what’s the point?”
It’s a difficult pattern to break, and one of the key questions I asked myself to overcome this feeling of dread was “what’s my intention?”
This question alone helped me appreciate that staying in bed and avoiding the world had no good intention. The plain and simple answer to ‘what’s my intention’ was always linked to avoidance. I stayed in bed because I thought it was easier.
When I challenged myself and looked for a different answer to the question it helped me appreciate how getting out of bed led to better intentions, and a better life.
It’s something I use on a daily basis. If I’m having a particularly lazy morning and I don’t want to get out of bed, the first question I ask is ‘what’s my intention’. I can stay in bed and doze for another hour - or I can get up, go to the gym and feel healthier, more alive, and much less anxious. The positives from getting out of bed strongly outweigh dozing for an hour, so I get out of bed.
Next time depression and anxiety is getting you down, or you’re going in a direction you know isn’t doing you any good, try asking yourself – ‘what’s my intention?’
I lived in complete denial for most of the 15 years I suffered with high anxiety. I suppressed my true thoughts and feelings, living a double life and not telling anybody about what I was going through. I thought I was the only person on the planet that experienced high anxiety. I felt scared, ashamed, and sometimes embarrassed - what would people think? I now know this was a heavy and completely unnecessary burden to carry.
Anxiety and depression are the most common of all mental health problems, with at least 1 in 4 people suffering from it at any one time. I could go on with the statistics, but the point is you're not alone.
Revival begins with opening up, and sharing your true thoughts and feelings. Bottling it up will get you nowhere. I'm not telling you to go shout from the rooftops, but at least talk to somebody - particularly if you're holding it all inside and dealing with it alone.
The more you bottle things up the bigger they seem.
If you've decided to talk about your true feelings I'm extremely proud of you because I know how difficult it can be. Opening up to friends, family, and the people closest to you can be tough. This is natural because they mean a lot to you, and the last thing you want is to be treated differently - and you won't be. You'll be respected for being honest, and the people that love and care for you won't judge you.
It took me 10 years to open up and I sincerely hope it doesn't take you as long. If it has, change it, immediately. Do whatever makes you feel comfortable. If talking to the people closest to you is a step too far, start by sharing your experience with someone neutral, like a counsellor.
Talk regularly about your true thoughts and feelings and don’t bottle anything inside. It doesn’t get you anywhere. All it does is eat away at your insides. Get it out there, share, and talk.
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