If you’ve ever had it bad you know anxiety is a bitch. Stressful situations are supposed to cause anxiety; a reaction we’ve evolved with and one which has been useful for us to continue the species. What I’m talking about is the type of anxiety which can develop in the absence of any seriously stressful situations. The anxiety that we seem to get for no reason that can feel like someone is throttling your soul. Continue reading
Eleven years ago today, only three days before my 18th birthday and just before I was about to go to university, I was hit by a car on a night out and suffered a badly broken leg. I went to university but because of my temporary physical handicap I started feeling sorry for myself. I self-medicated every night by getting smashed on booze and smoking loads of weed. Next stop: depression.
After being depressed for about four years and lacking any motivation to do anything, I read a book someone had recommended to me; ‘The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying’. This introduced me to the idea of meditation, for a year or so I started experimenting occasionally but I didn’t get much out of it.
Fast forward four years and I am now a regular meditator, generally practicing twice a day.
There’s no getting around it, depression absolutely sucks. Feeling helpless and hopeless all the time is a downward spiral and leads to self loathing. Let’s be honest, nobody wants that.
For me the worst thing was my change in activity, my lack of desire to do things. Before I would do all sorts of stuff and always try new things. It lead me to a cycle of having the most boring routine and lack of activity, a self perpetuating run of feeling horrible.
But, there are 12 awesome lessons I have learned from this time in my life. I reckon these are 12 lessons everyone can benefit from. Continue reading