One of the more difficult times for me to deal with is spring time depression.
One would think winter would be, but …No!
Spring is one of the most beautiful times of year with all the flowers in bloom, trees sprouting leaves, birds chirping, and longer sunny days!
But, for me its sets the stage for major depression.
I often wake up during this time of year, in a funk. I battle myself image, my personality, etc.
The impending summer coming brings me sadness. I know I’ll be self-conscious about skimpier clothes (as it’ll be to warm to cover-up).
Usually in spring, I jump on my treadmill, and try desperately to shed a few pounds before summer hits.
As most of you know, its hard to lose weight. Especially when you feel in a hurry! And especially when your on medication that helps pack on the pounds!
It’s a battle not just physically, but mentally!
Sure it’s nothing all people don’t experience (bipolar or not), but when you’re combating bipolar, mental stress, depression and medication…its a big hurtle!
All my mixed emotions leave me to want to hide myself until there’s enough weight lost. The reality is, few of us are that lucky!
I still have doctor appointments, errands to run, a family to manage, etc.
So, how in the world do I battle depression, weight loss, and my self image?
I don’t think I have all the answers, but I’ve found a few things that help!
I’ve gotten in the habit of writing down a list of goals. For example:
- Exercising regularly
- Drink more water
- Find one positive thing about myself daily
- Stay focused on my goals
- Find positive distractions (i.e., cooking, baking, photography, etc.)
This daily check of myself has helped me stay grounded. Now, like anyone, I have bad days. But, there easier to manage as long as I stay focused. Those lists keep me in-check.
Now, exercise. I’m not a triathlon or a workout fanatic, but I do enjoy walking on my treadmill.
Whether or not its a 15 minute walk or an hour, doesn’t matter. As long as I get to zone out without it bothering anyone else.
This is my safe zone.
Eventually, my depression falls by waist side well enough for me to get a handle on it.
I know it depends on how bad the depression is, determines how well it can be controlled.
But I’m more discussing days of depression we can nudge in a positive direction.
How do you manage seasonal depression/weight loss?
Please share your story!