As we continue to navigate the winter weather and the busyness of life do you ever feel like “it’s just all too much!”
While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes without any apparent reason. Depression is more than just a low mood – it's a serious condition that affects your physical and mental health.
There is help at hand. Each one of us has their own story to tell. And it is just that ‘our story’. It is not my job to share another person’s story. I can only tell my story. Recovery can take time and is different for everyone. As well as getting treatment underway, you'll need to find new ways to manage and live with the changes and challenges of anxiety and/or depression.
While psychological and/or medical treatment can help with your recovery, there are many other ways you can help yourself to get better and stay well.
Jake tells his story. It is personal. It is moving. It is his journey to recovery. How can we learn from Jake’s story?
Therapy may take many forms. There are many places we can seek help. Beyond Blue is one such place.
TIP OF THE FORTNIGHT: Try the 10x10x10 Plan
It’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed, lethargic, and unmotivated to exercise when feeling the ‘winter blues'. So, instead of committing to one longer workout, break the time up into chunks.
For example, if your goal is to walk 30 minutes a day, divide the time into three mini-workouts of 10 minutes each. Take one walk in the morning, another in the early afternoon, and one before it gets dark.
If ever you need help sorting out personal or family issues, give CatholicCare Victoria a call. They offer many services to all members of our community – ALL FREE.
Have a wonderful fortnight.
Be safe. Stay warm. Keep well.
Niente Senza Gioia
Pastoral Wellbeing Leader