- Dec 23, 2009
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When we think about being fit we typically talk about the body as far as cardio and weights, but part of being fit includes mind, body, and soul. And an area that is an issue for a lot of people is depression, which is the feeling of sadness, feeling blue, miserable, and/or unhappiness. There are many things that can bring about depression from a life altering event, how one feel about themselves and how they think others feel about them, or a chemical imbalance in the body. There was a time where people ignored depression but this is something that you need to take serious because depression if not checked can lead to a downward spiral that could also lead into doing something that could harm others or yourself.
If you are feeling depression we recommend seeking help especially if it becomes an ongoing ordeal.
Ways to handle depression:
- Change your diet: This may sound ridiculous but processed foods that are high in sugars and artificial chemicals actually changes the way your body feels. Since changing my diet to more natural foods I have noticed a great change in how my body and mind feel.
- Seek out spiritual and/or professional help: Whether it be a clergy member, psychiatrist, a small group, a temple, or just being around people you can trust, having someone that you can talk things out will help you sort through some of your issues as well as direct you in ways to help you overcome depression.
- Working out: Whether it be walking, running, weightlifting, or hitting the bags, some times the best way to handle depression is through controlled physical means.
These are only some of the ways in which to handle depression but if you or someone you know is dealing with depression please do not ignore it. In being fit we want to do so in all phases of life. And just like with training the body, training the mind and the spirit/soul is a daily process and through training we have the opportunity to learn more about ourselves.