Depression is an absolute horror of an illness. 1 in 4 of you will know that first hand. I want to talk about it. A lot.
It’s terribly sad to read the stories of sufferers on blogs and social media; although it is encouraging that people feel they can safely share these stories to reach out for themselves, and to help others.
I know that it’s also incredibly difficult to watch someone you care about struggle, and fight, and give in, and come back with depression on a daily basis. We all need a support network from time to time, to help us through the difficulties that life can bring; however, that is especially true of someone with a depressive illness. But, how do you actually go about creating that supportive atmosphere for someone?
It can be difficult to know what to do for the best.
Therefore, I’ve compiled a few things I’ve learned about trying to help someone with depression, in the hope that it might help some of you, too.
Today’s post is brought to you mostly by Pete from buddy up fitness. I asked him some questions, he did most of the work! Pete is a fitness blogger I follow on Twitter and he knows what he’s talking about. He lives up to his ethos and is always the first to comment on my tweets about going to the gym, offering a bit of encouragement here and there.
We were talking about collaborating on something, and we mentioned that people don’t seem to be as motivated toward fitness at this time of year. Which is totally fine, if that’s your plan and you’re cool with it. However, I know some of you are like me and really want to keep up the momentum you had when you were doing great at the gym this summer. And maybe you’re a bit frustrated with yourself because, for whatever reason, you can’t seem to find the energy or the motivation to keep it going.
My current situation is that I’m going to the gym in a hat, mittens, big puffy jacket, and being extremely grateful for seat warmers. Even though I am making the effort and getting there most days, there are days when I don’t want to get out of my snuggly position in front of a radiator.
So, I thought I’d ask him a few questions on the topic of fitness motivation, in the hope that he can help you guys out.
I hate the phrase anti-aging. I am absolutely not anti-aging. I am pro-aging! I kind of feel like aging is a privilege, because not everyone gets to.
However, I will admit that it can be difficult to come to terms with how your physical appearance might change as you age. We’re a society that places a lot of value and emphasis on youth; something the cosmetic industry is traditionally guilty of. People can make a lot of money from consumers who are nervous about looking older. Although, there are always exceptions to this – hate to tar everyone with the same brush.
Inevitably, though, we feel a lot of pressure to stay looking younger for as long as we can. I could talk A LOT about why this is utter nonsense. But maybe another time. For now, I want to talk about the trend of twenty-somethings becoming concerned and are taking action to prevent visible signs of aging.
If you are worried about visibly aging, then your 20s might actually be a good time to start doing something about it. Prevention is always better than cure, though I don’t particularly like those words in this context.