Every year, over 6 million men suffer from depression. Even so, it’s still one of those things that we just don’t talk about enough. Too many men struggle year in and year out in silence because society has taught us to believe that if we admit we’re struggling, we’re some how less of a man.
As someone who has struggled with depression for almost 20 years now, I can say, with confidence, that that’s utter bullshit. Suffering in silence is the WORST thing you can do.
Suffering in silence can lead to:
- Health problems
- Damaged relationships
- Troubles on the job
- Financial problems
In fact, suffering in silence can make things even worse.
I’ve struggled with this on and off for a couple decades…and perhaps even longer. Over the years I’ve learned: how to manage the ups and downs, how to recognize when a downswing is coming, and how to positively affect my mental state to lessen the severity and length of a downswing.
Changing your physical state can greatly impact your mental state. It’s not as simple as it sounds, as it takes intention and sometimes sheer white knuckle tenacity to do so.
For me, things that help me change my state are:
- Going for a walk
- Hitting the gym for an extra session
- Focusing on my posture while I’m sitting or standing
- Getting out in the sun
Activities like this help me better manage my mental state.
Oh, and if you listen to the end, you’ll find out why I tell noted theologian Richard Rohr to suck it.