It has been a while since I wrote an article here.
It is not because I forgot about you, it’s simply lack of motivation. I didn’t know what to tell you without sounding fake.
A friend advised me once to be myself when I write and not hide behind big words.
So, I decided to take a break from the blog for a while, to recharge my batteries and come back stronger than ever.
I will tell you few things about depression, not from a professional perspective, as I am not a psychologist, but from a personal one; from my experience and from people close to me.
I will start with me, as I am one that has to fight her demons all the time and live with myself :))
There are times when I feel lonely and sad without reason even though I have people around me that love me a lot and take good care of me. This feeling is so overwhelming that no one can convince you that you are loved, that you are enough and that they are proud of you. You still don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.
In the first lockdown, I went downhill for a month and a half. I couldn’t motivate myself to do anything, let alone workout. It was really tough because I was getting really bored, I couldn’t find any pleasure in reading, watching TV, talking to my loved ones, going out for a walk.
Then, a friend of mine, Marie, suggested starting zoom classes. After a couple of days of thinking and changing my mind every minute, I decided to start the online classes.
From that point on, everything fell into place, and my mood lifted significantly every day.
I cannot say that I am 100% where I was a couple of years back, but I’m adjusting (like everyone else) to the new rules and the new way of life.
Slowly, I started to run again. Now, this is a good subject: MOTIVATION. How did I find my motivation to start running again?
Well, I think it was the fear of getting bored. So I started walking on my walking pad, every day a little more and then one day I decided to run a little bit. That is how everything starts, with patience and care and love for yourself.
Motivation is within you, DON’T expect anyone to give it to you. You are the one that sets the rules and the pace, and you are the one that must take the credit for your achievements.
For some of my clients is really hard to find the motivation to workout. They say that they are not good enough, that they have lost their strength and so on. Some of them are alone and with this 3rd lockdown, it’s so much harder to get back into a routine.
I always tell my clients and my friends: “I’m here if you need me. Call me if you need support or help.” I know how hard it is to get your motivation back, to start moving again, to bounce back from depression. We all have our good days and our bad days, but most importantly is to have someone to talk to, someone that understands you, offers you support and love, someone that is there for you when you hit the bottom.
To conclude, dear friends, please ensure that you are taken care of, by yourselves and by your loved ones. Our mental and physical health, no matter how cliché sounds, are more important than anything else. Be good, be gentle to yourself and ask for help if you need it.