As much as the adrenaline from a goal can keep me moving and energized, it all falls apart quickly if I don't take care of myself in a balanced way.
I suffer from depression and have since childhood, I'm now quite certain. Depression has been a life partner, I have tried lots of ways to keep the depression at bay. St. Johns Wort over the counter helped for a while, as did zoloft (better living through chemistry!). I went without for a few years and then depression crept back in to unsurmountable (by myself) levels and I was put on cymbalta. That worked for a while, too.
I was not on any antidepressants when I stopped smoking (not a good move; had I known that nicotine itself can act as an antidepressant I would have gotten on something prior to quitting) and plummeted into a deep depression. Wellbutrin became the latest answer.
But what I'm finding (and have really always known) is that an antidepressant alone is not enough. If your situation is depressing, you are going to feel depressed whether you are a chronic sufferer from depression or an otherwise healthy, happy person. Someone like me needs to keep a watchful eye out for warning signs that depression is slipping back in and then, and this is the critical part, take swift action against it.
Over the past couple of weeks I have felt depression sliding back in. I have felt the world rushing in from several different angles and I'm not responding all that well to it. I have made plenty of mediocre decisions and a few really bad ones. Things I really wouldn't call my "next right choices" at any rate. For instance, I have been staying up too late. Being overly tired is a fast track, for me, to increased depression. I have been eating a lot more refined carbs and barely any greens. Hello? McFly? This is like injecting depression right into my veins!
There is plenty of 'real life' basis for situational depression in my life right now (won't go into all that until we get to know each other better), but even with that, it is my responsibility to do what I know to do to reduce the depression to a manageable level.
So. Action steps:
- I'm going to bed early tonight.
- I'm going to eat mostly all protein and dark greens today.
- I'm going to take some cod liver oil (the vitamin D is a big time natural mood elevator on these dark wintery days). Carlson Labs Norwegian Natural Vitamin E Cod Liver Oil, Lemon, 500ml, Glass Bottle
- I'm going to take my Garden of Life green pills (I'll talk more about nutrition in later posts, but this stuff is really good at helping the body do what it's supposed to do.) Garden of Life Perfect Food Super Green Formula, 600- Grams (60-Servings)
And sometimes, the best we can give is the promise to get up again tomorrow and try all over again. Here's also a video from a Christian angle on what it feels like today. I think part of my answer can be found in the video. :)