June 18

My journey through depression & how it can help you too

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This is not an easy subject for us to discuss.

 

It is a shame that there is still a stigma attached to mental illness

 

I personally feel it is even harder for men to talk about as well.

 

I have always been a jovial sort of a guy.

 

As you will know, if you’ve read or listened to much of my other material,

 

I was a larger guy and I played into the ‘big and jolly’ stereotype.

 

I did find myself becoming depressed in my mid-20s and I didn’t really know why or what to do about it.

 

Fast forward a couple of years and I was doing my certification with Mac Uni

 

I also became self-employed full time.

 

This led to anxiety for a number of reasons,

 

I no longer had the security of even a part time coaching wage coming in,

 

I worried about getting enough clients and about giving them a good service.

 

There’s was loads to worry about.

 

I was also struggling with my self confidence as well.

 

I finally sought out a therapist and committed to a course of therapy,

 

I also started using the Headspace app and meditating regularly.

 

Another thing that was a massive help to me was the book

 

Confidence 2.0 by Rob Yeung and I would heartily recommend it.

 

He tells us that ‘confidence is not one thing’

 

“It’s not a single quality that you either do or don’t have”

 

He uses a table in his book showing the types of inward and outward confidence that I found very helpful;

 

 

I spent a long time struggling with either ruminating about the past or worrying about the future

 

I learned more about mindfulness and started working on living in the present.

 

I clawed my way out and I also learned that I need to pay more attention to my mood in the winter!

 

Like many people, I am adversely affected by the lack of sunlight.

 

Things that have helped me enormously are;

 

  • Daily meditation
  • Reading the Daily Stoic
  • Going back to amateur musical theatre – I had given all that up when working as a coach
  • Playing more sport, I now belong to a local cricket team
  • Making time with friends and loved ones a priority

 

I am definitely now a more rounded individual and I am much happier.

 

If you are struggling then I would urge you to reach out to someone.

 

If you would like to reach out to me, then please do so, I will send you some resources that have helped me.

 

 

 

 


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