We've all heard of people getting too thin, burning out, and reaching a place where they need to change their eating habits. But what about what happens after? Has anyone ever talked about the gruelling recovery? The battle to find the healthy medium between too thin and too fat? The impact of weight gain on a person's mind, even if it is for the better?
This is a letter on behalf of the people who are left behind after a suicide. It is a plea to those who are lost and hurting to not give up. A reminder that your life is so incredibly special and unique and your impact on this earth is greater than you can ever imagine.
Ahhh, holidays. The chance to take a break from the everyday stresses of life and just relax (cue: audible sighs of relaxation). It's a wonderful aspect of the human experience, isn't it? Spending time in the sun, sand and surf, getting a good healthy dose of me-time. No one ever really thinks of holidays as an anxiety-inducing, unable-to-relax, wound-up-tighter-than-a-cuckoo-clock experience do they? Well unfortunately for some (me) holidays are not as relaxing as they are supposed to be.
What if I told you that there is a way to help prevent burnout, reduce stress and get your mind on the path to recovery? All it takes is three little words: lower your expectations. Unrealistic expectations are often what cause you to push yourself far beyond your capability. When I say unrealistic I mean, expecting yourself to function at the same level as someone who has a healthy mental state. If you are healthy, it is easier to function at a high level of intensity for long periods of time. But being depressed means that you are not able to perform at the same high level.
Unless you've been living under a rock for say, um forever, then you know what depression is. It's a mental illness that leaves you with persistent sadness and a feeling of hopelessness that lasts for weeks, months, even years. Basically it sucks. And sadly it's becoming more and more common. Approximately 1 in 6 New Zealanders will experience depression in their life and 1 in 7 young people will be depressed before the age of 24. But enough with the statistics. Here is my experience with depression.