Wednesday, 17 July 2019

What is the most challenging part of your Depression?

It is indeed a challenge with your daily life if you suffer from depression or any form of mental health problems. What I find in myself is that I am an over-thinker, also with me being a creative person, my mind is always on the go. When I try to shut off, I find myself thinking of something, or still on creative mode(which you can never turn that off). So that deprives me of much-needed sleep, which in turn can start me of in a depression. I will be frank with you, at the present moment in time, I don't manage it. Because I work at a hospital, I do shift work, for the last two years I have done permanent night shifts. And I am stuck in night mode, on my days of I sleep in in the day, then wide awake at night, so its a vicious circle, which feeds my negativity of trying to get into some routine. Which, in turn, feeds my anxiety and depression.

I am going back on another shift pattern in the hope I can get into some routine. But as some as you will know, no matter what you try. Overthinking is hard to turn off, so it is like all issues with mental health-it is down to your management. Don't be like me; I take to much on at one time. I know that is my problem, but with me being creative, it is hard to do. But I have tweaked things, and slowly, I am treading on the right path.

People, probably including yourself, work one shift pattern and are not creative, your most challenging part of your depression could be getting motivated. If that is the case, try writing a plan, nothing to much, but routine does help, a walk, gentle exercise to wake you and motivate you.

I believe that a lot of depression symptoms come from overthinking about daily things. I don't mean worrying about things, but for example, I was thinking about swapping shifts for a while. Every day I would be thinking about it, shall I, Shan't I, then I became overwhelmed by it, which in turn eventually bought on depression. So now I try as much as I can not dwell on thoughts like that. But to sort it as best and as quick I can. I don't help myself either, when I should be trying to sleep, as I am looking at my phone, emails, plans I have made, then my cogs start turning, and I can't switch off. I know through my own experience, it is best to turn off your phone, relax, read for a while. Do what works for you to make mental health issues as less challenging as possible. If you are an avid reader, check out my website.

I would love to hear from you guys about what is the most challenging part of your depression. Until next time take care.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

What Is The Best Exercise For Depression?

There has always been the ongoing debate about if exercise is good for mental health issues? Most professional people in the mental health genre say yes. Also, people I know that suffer from different forms of mental health, with many agreeing it helps them.

In my opinion, the debate seems to be what is the best kind of exercise that works? Well for me, exercising doe's work. Straight away, I can think of three incidents, where I was suffering a depression episode-and when I did some workout. It helped all three times. The main one that comes to mind was in October 2018. I was in Thailand with my wife and some friends. It had been a great trip so far, and I had been great, then one day, I was fuzzy headed, snapping at everyone, wanted to lock myself in a box (you know the score) So I apologised to everyone, I said to my better half, I need to do something to try and snap out of it. Off I went to the hotel gym, after a good thrashing on the running machine, some press ups, weights, abs workout, I felt better in myself, a couple of hours later I was back to myself again.

Even though that routine worked for me, it may not work for you. Some people are fitter or have physical problems where they struggle with specific exercise workouts. There are an array of different exercise routines you can try. Walking is not strenuous, but is very effective-and for some it is probably all you need.

Swimming is a good one, so is cycling. I have done a lot of running over the years, which helps. Three years ago I did the London Marathon, so as you can imagine the training was intense and full on. I started running a couple of miles a week, working up to 20 miles a couple of weeks before the marathon. I lost weight. I felt good, everyone commented on how good I looked, and no one, even myself can recall any mental health issues. 

A couple of months after the event, when stupidly I stopped doing any running or exercise of any form. My inner demons came back out to play. You guys don't need to start doing marathons and tough mudders and other events I have done, unless you want to. The obstacle course racing like tough mudder is good fun if you do it in a group at your own pace. Check out a eBook on the link, I have co-written with a friend on the tough mudder event. 


But you don't have to go to that extreme like I say any exercise is good (Sitting on the sofa, turning the TV over with the remote don't count though).

These days I have been a bit all over with my exercise if I am honest, which is one of the contributing facts of more depression episodes of late. I joined a gym, intending to go after work as I currently work a night shift, so I planned to go after a ten-hour work shift at 6 am. I managed to go four times in six weeks. So I have now reverted to a small workout consisting of press-ups, sit-ups, plus other abs workouts, some weight work and a bit of running. It is a bit all over at the moment, but I am trying to get into a routine with it. But the bit I am doing has made me feel good already.

So, why is it exercise right for you? What is the technical side of it? Because let us face it, when you have depression or anxiety, the last thing you probably think about is exercise. But if you can get yourself motivated, which is the hardest part, then the exercise can make a big difference.

It isn't entirely clear about the links of depression, anxiety and exercise have, but working out and other forms of physical activity ease the symptoms of depression, and make you feel better. In some cases that I have read, exercise has helped depression and anxiety from coming back once you are feeling better. Like I have mentioned, I never felt better when training and running the London Marathon.

Doing regular exercise may help ease depression and anxiety by:

Exercise helps release feel-good endorphins, which are natural cannabis, like brain chemicals, and other natural brain chemicals that can enhance your sense of well being.

Exercise can take your mind of any worries and negative thoughts that boost your depression and anxiety.

Regular exercise has many psychological and emotional benefits, such as.

Exercise can help you gain confidence. Losing weight and completing exercise goals, no matter how big or small will give help your self-confidence.

Exercise can healthily help you. Doing anything positive to combat your depression or anxiety is an excellent healthy strategy. Because drinking alcohol, sinking further into your hole, and hoping your depression will go away could lead to worse symptoms.

Me not far from the London Marathon Finishing Line.

Me at one of the tough mudder events.

So if you are looking for a way out of your depression bubble and you are not doing any exercise-try it, even if it is a steady walk.

If you already are doing some form of exercise that is helping with your depression, I would love to hear from you, I am interested in seeing what works and what don't in our continuing struggle against depression and anxiety.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Hi I am John,, or my nickname is Chewy.

I work in a hospital in Nottingham, I am a proud dad of four, Granddad of 3 (another arriving November time)

I have seen a bit of the world, I am also an author of 4 books.

I have recorded music, been on Britain's Got Talent with a comedy band. I always like to have a laugh. But I also suffer from depression and anxiety.

This blog is about everything good and bad in our battle with mental health issues, plus everyday topics that we all encounter.

You don't have to be creative to join in on the blog, anyone is welcome to enjoy and take part in The Creative Depressive, you never know-we might even learn something.

What is the most challenging part of your Depression?

It is indeed a challenge with your daily life if you suffer from depression or any form of mental health problems. What I find in myself is...