This week is mental health awareness week.
You’ve probably seen a lot in the press recently.
Back in 2001 my old business partner said I needed to go to the Dr.
I was acting irrationally.
Losing my temper.
Not sleeping.So I did.He diagnosed me with anxiety/stress.
I laughed and said, “you’re joking.”2 out of every 3 of us will suffer from a mental health issue in our lifetime.
So it could happen to YOU.I chose to try an anti-anxiety drug (which made me feel worse before I felt better).
I must admit I didn’t like the feeling of the chemical fog.Thankfully the thing that was causing the anxiety went away.
I came off the drugs after a few weeks.
I felt my old self again.Mental health is just as important as your physical health.
No…actually, its more important!
Because you can’t have one without the other.Mental health its something we don’t talk about.
Because its seen as a sign of weakness.
OR even an easy option to get signed off at work.But if you look at it for what it is…
Your brain chemistry gets messed up from prolonged exposure to a substance or a physical situation.My own personal experience?
Once you’ve been exposed to stress/anxiety at any clinical level, you become a little vulnerable to it so you have manage it.This is how I deal with when I feel it coming on.Rationalise it first.
Recognise when your stressed and take practical steps.Don’t drink alcohol or too much coffee.
It’s anxiety in a cup!
It’s a sure fire way to make it worse.
Your brain chemistry is messed up, don’t add more chemicals!Exercise.
Regular exercise works just as well as medication.
Give your body a shot of feel good endorphins.
Keep your training organised and planned.
And do it when you said you were going to do it.I do triathlons.
It’s for me.
It keeps my head straight and clear.
When I do, work automatically becomes more productive, easier and less stressful.Rest and get enough sleep.
Sleep deprivation makes stress magnified.
Headspace is a brilliant app and worth doing daily.Take a day off by yourself and don’t feel bad about it.
Personally I like to walk around Mersea Island on my own.
(I even get some Oysters down me).
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Russell ‘chilled out’ Pearcy
Russell Pearcy has been working as a health and fitness coach for over 25 years helping men and women who feel tired and washed up get back in shape. Russell has also draws upon his experience as an Ironman triathlete to help coach others through this life changing transformation.