Alright, so today’s post is going to be short and simple and right to the point. I want to live a happy life and lead by example, so that is my reasoning behind today’s shorter post. The best way to spend time to be happy is to be with the people that you love the most. For me, that is a no-brainer. My parents and my sisters are easily my favorite people to spend time with. So instead of me stressing to come up with a topic, I am just going to speak what’s on my mind and get back to spending precious time with them.
We NEED social interaction. Social interaction and connections are what drives us, keeps us motivated, and also keeps us sane at the same time. Look at what happens to people like me who spend too much time by themselves. We basically go crazy because we have so much additional time to think. For me, I would myself in my room playing video games until I basically lost the majority of friendships and social skills. For a person like me that already suffers from depression and anxiety, this is not a good combination. Instead of inviting friends to go out, I would just wait for them to invite me. The only problem is that when they connected with me, I would ditch them. Eventually, the invites to do things quit coming.
Do I think social interaction is helping to mediate my depression and eating habits? Absolutely. I have forced myself to do things that I haven’t done in years. I have been going out more with my family and with my friends. It has felt so good to live again and just be in the moment. Once you start living your life again, you realize how silly it really is to let your thoughts control your life. My main stressors were food and loss of control. Yeah, dumb, I know. But again, when you lock yourself off from the outside world, you look so what is wrong with you. I just thought that I didn’t look good enough for people to like me so I took health and fitness to the extreme.
This didn’t help. While I like the way I felt and still do feel, my “addictions” pushed me away from all social interactions. Bailing on plans because I needed to workout in the morning, not going out to eat because I didn’t know the nutritional value of food. You name it, I thought it.
But not so much anymore. When I say not so much, it is because apart of my past will always be with me, but it will never be as controlling as it once was. I know what to do to prevent that, and honestly, I feel more alive than I have in years. I am finally living my life how all life is supposed to be lived, and I am making memories with the people that mean the most to me (my family). Once I opened up to my family again and sought their help, I was able to get back to living a life leading to happiness.
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