Over the last 3 and a half years I have had to deal with some personal issues that at times have been extremely stressful. I lost my job back in 2013 and at the time I was unsure of my future. I have suffered with bouts of depression since my teens even resorting to self harm and I have had many dark days not knowing if I would pull through them.
As many of you know life can be extremely tough at times. It also seems at times that every time you turn on the TV or view online news stories the world seems like a bleak place and very depressing at times! With constant stories of war, terrorists killing innocent people, children being left homeless in war torn countries or losing their lives trying to flee to better places, job cuts and benefit cuts, hospitals and schools losing more and more funding, less money for the sick and disabled… the list goes on and on and it gets you down constantly hearing it with nothing positive really happening to change it. I used to be on the social network Facebook but I felt like every other story was more depressing than the last and with people constantly sharing stories targeting poor innocent migrants, or some being racist towards Muslims, others drumming up hatred towards to the police and politicians, sharing shocking videos and other depressing stuff I decided to close my account.
I feel like there is not enough positive messages being shared either in the media or online. Its almost like they are trying to keep us in a state of anxiety or depression!
Like I said I have battled depression most of my life and now I am older and have lived with it for such a long time I am able to get a grip of it much better than I once could. I have a number of things that help me nowadays. As you may know working out can really help with your mood. Not only do you get fit and healthy but working out and lifting weights can increase the levels of serotonin in the brain which help you feel better, it also releases endorphin’s. I workout a few times a week and that has helped with my depression. I also enjoy learning boxing and doing martial arts. These really test me in different ways than lifting weights do. Obviously fitness is a big factor with both these sports ( which Im still working on by the way ) but mental strength and discipline are two other factors that have really helped me these last few years. When I was a teenager I had problems channeling my aggression and expressing myself. I find martial arts and boxing help me in ways I never thought possible. My instructors push me to my absolute limit, I collapse in a sweaty heap at least 5 times a session! I feel I am a much calmer person as a result of my training and much more positive in my life and my future. Two of the other little things that help me stay focused are some decent motivational tunes, I use Spotify and have a great playlist with my workout music on it. The other little tip that helps me is having some motivational posters on my walls. I have a number of different posters that I have purchased that help push me on and motivate me a little more when I need it most.
I know the world can still be a very bad place at times and I know there are plenty of bad people in it but I can honestly say I feel personally I’m in a much better position to tackle it both mentally and physically by doing the things I do each day. I hope you find some of this useful and if you would like to chat about anything I have mentioned here get in touch 🙂
Here is a little bit of positivity I tell myself that reminds me to stay focused when needed –
I will never quit, its not an option. If I stumble, I will get back up. Train hard, fight easy. Keep moving forward. Be smart. What happened yesterday no longer matters, the past is the past. Today’s another day, get back on track and move closer to my dreams and goals. – Pabs
Hi and thanks for stopping by and checking out one of my posts. My name is Paul Turner and I'm from a little town in Lancashire called Skelmersdale. I am a former IT technician, web developer SEO consultant, machine operator, taxi driver, coffee maker, and vacuum upper. Yep I've worked just about everywhere and done pretty much everything and I have the stress lines to prove it! Now I just share stuff here on my blog that catch my attention with the hope others may find it useful too. If you fancy getting in touch with me then head over my contact page and do so or leave a comment below.