Do You Suffer from Bipolar Disorder, and/or Depression?
Have you ever felt deep, dark, helplessness?
A sense of dread every morning?
Pondered your whole purpose (or, thought there was a lack thereof)?
Let’s just call it what it is: depression.
Have you ever been there??
I haven’t shared this publicly on the internet for the world to see before now, so please be gentle with me.
When I was a teenager, I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.
In my 20’s, I was again diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, this time they were more specific and referred to it as “type II with mixed features”.
This means that I have mood swings, irritability, sometimes multiple feelings all at once – and it’s confusing!
The part that is the hardest for me to cope with, is the deep dark depression when it comes around.
I’ve spent many days just laying in my bed, not wanting to get up – crying when it was time to leave the house because I saw myself as useless, worthless, an embarrassment – and I didn’t want others to see what I saw.
Sometimes, those days were also spent eating everything I could get my hands on; this was my way of self-soothing the pain.
Eventually, as a result of the coping mechanism that I found in compulsively eating, I ended up “morbidly obese” (or Obese Class 2). Upon undergoing a medical screen for a work assignment overseas, I nearly wasn’t able to take the assignment because my weight was so high!
I looked for ways to make sense of getting healthy – no more crash diets or quick fixes – and I came across Focus T25. It was a 25-minutes-a-day program that I could do, because there is a modifier named Tania who does lower impact versions of all the moves! In addition to the T25, I began drinking Shakeology as my daily breakfast (since I was NEVER a breakfast person before). Not only did I start feeling better physically, because I was simply improving my overall health, but I also started feeling happier and thinking more positive thoughts!
Using a combination of consistent fitness, eating clean 85% of the time (hey cheat meal, what’s up?!), and drinking Shakeology as my quick breakfast – The bouts of depression have been MAJORLY reduced. I do have rough days, but those are usually days when I haven’t gotten enough sleep, or something significant in my life has affected my mood. There’s a difference in just being “down” due to something sad that happened, as opposed to being depressed. The latter is chemical and hard to beat.
Since depression is a chemical thing, I find it logical that working out and releasing those endorphins into my system should work to combat that dark feeling when it starts to rear its ugly head. I am grateful for having come across the idea of these 25- or 30-minute workouts that I can do, and it has changed my LIFE and my outlook!
I’ve also notice that I am no longer drawn to negative people or conversations, but instead I now seem to gravitate toward people who tend to share a more positive perspective. This is healthy and will only help to perpetuate the increased joy in my life – and that only makes me even happier!
For some guidelines, here are 2 rules that I stick to, in order to keep the depression at bay:
- Never miss a Monday.
- Never go more than TWO days in a row without a workout.
An honorary 3rd rule should also be: Get enough SLEEP. The average person gets 6 hours or less, and that isn’t healthy!! Try to get at least 7 hours, but aim for 8!
Do you suffer from depression, and need some pointers on how to get started on a health journey to become a happier, fitter you?? Get in touch with me (click here) and I’d be glad to help you get on the path to wellness!!
Comment below and let me know what exercise does for YOU, or how you cope with feelings of depression – Let’s band together in positivity