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O/T: Health Getting My Mental Health Back on Track

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by AubreyJ, Jul 11, 2018.

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    I've had a really tough 2018, from a number of things happening rather unexpected and around the same time, both in my professional life with my businesses and with my personal life.

    I feel like for the most part I did a really good job coping with the stress and turn of events- I completed a full distance Ironman back in April, and I feel at that point I felt the best I've felt in a very long time.

    But, over the last month and a half I feel as though my mental and emotional health has taken a steady decline- more events have unfolded in the last weeks, and it's nearing the 1 year anniversary of my mother's suicide which is having more of an effect on me than I thought it would. I am finding myself in a mental slump that I desperately want to get out of.

    I am trying to get back on track- I am trying to get back into a regular workout routine, I've quit eating fast food, I am also trying to get up before dawn everyday (where as the last few weeks I've been struggling to get up before 9am).

    I was hoping some of y'all may have some advice? Or anyone who has been in a mental slump, how you've gotten out of it? How did you kick yourself into gear and do the work that you know you are capable of and have been capable of in the past? I've always been the person who can work from 6am-12am everyday with no issues, but now I am struggling to put even 25% of that effort into my day.

    Any advice is greatly appreciated!
     
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    it will take lots of time, pursue a hobby of yours that you can immerse yourself in.

    for me i picked up snowboarding which removes me from my mind and all i focus on is keeping my balance and enjoying my run (dont think its possible to snowboard in 100 degree texas)

    what hobbies do you have? the most important thing is to spend time doing something you enjoy & be around good people helps as well alot
     
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    Thank you for your response!

    Triathlon is my big hobby, racing and training- and sense all this unfolded, I've put that on the back burner. I suppose I do need to make more time in my day, and make it more of a point to do it- even just for a half hour
     
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    racing is a good one, need lots of focus for something like that
     
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    Aubrey, I didn't know about the loss of your mother. I'm so sorry to learn of that.

    No matter the cause of a death, significant milestone dates, especially the one year anniversary of the event, can bring a greatly renewed sense of grief and of any still unresolved emotions and questions.

    I also wonder if the Triathalon might have been so demanding, that even though it felt great to be able to do it, your body wants some recovery time.

    I'd recommend you check with a medical doc about whether there is any physical cause for the low energy and mood. And also, find a counselor if possible (minister if you have one, mental health pro if there's a way to afford that through insurance or Employee Assistance Program at work, etc.) to talk over whether these might be totally understandable symptoms of a very common and very human diagnosis: Being someone who is still in the midst of hard grief, even though life's going okay overall.
     

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