Let's talk Depression
I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on social media of people voicing out their battles with depression with hashtags “mental health awareness”. That’s great and all. And there needs to be an awareness and sensitivity when it comes to matters relating to mental health.
However, I do feel that today people throw around the words; OCD, ADHD, and depression around without proper knowledge on these illnesses. Being a student of psychology and fitness one thing I know for sure is that your body reacts to what you mentally tell it to do. In weightlifting, it is the same thing. When you challenge yourself with a weight that you haven’t lifted before, if you tell yourself that you can’t lift it, you will definitely not be able to lift that weight. Any strength coach will agree with me on this.
Likewise, if you continuously fall into negative thought patterns, it is expected that your brain is going to create chemical imbalances that is going to further drag you into a depressive state. And in due time, the condition just elevates to the point where medication is required.
So I urge you. Instead of declaring your depressive state to the world and making it look like a courageous act, ask yourself; Have you put in the work to make yourself truly happy? A lot of times we fall into depression due to our lack of gratitude for the things we already have and have accomplished. We also fall into this cycle of thought where we think happiness is something that just happens. It’s an emotion that pops out of nowhere. A lot of times we don’t invest the time and energy into doing the things that truly make us happy because a lot of times we don’t stop to ask ourselves what makes us truly happy. It takes spending time with yourself. It takes putting yourself through different experiences in order to figure out what those things are. And once you find out what they are, you will be able to filter your time and energy towards doing them.
The keyword here guys is INTROSPECTION.
Ask yourselves questions like:
To sum it all up, what I am saying is happiness takes work. Getting out of depressive mental frames takes work. It requires that you become aware of your mental constructs and perspectives that drive you towards depressive states. Everyone has problems, everyone faces difficulties in life. Whether you fall prey to the things life throws at you or you chose to stand up and face them by building resilience is totally up to you. Problems don’t go away. We just get stronger. Day by day with each and every wound, we heal and we grow stronger and wiser. Cheers!
Author: Suba Day
Hi, I am a Personal Trainer and my blog posts are based on questions my clients tend to ask me.