Mental Health Monday: Needing Downtime?

by Stephanie on August 17, 2015 · 2 comments

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Welcome to Mental Health Monday!  This was born out of Liz and my session on Depression, Anxiety and Healthy Living from Fitbloggin’ 15.  Every 1st and 3rd Monday one of us will host a link up for others to share their experiences with Mental illness – either from their own experience or from the experience of helping and walking with others.  Our goal is to reach out to the world and let people know that they are not alone in their struggles.  You are never alone.  Join us – link up, visit new blogs, support others.  Speak out:  “I am crazy…CRAZY AWESOME!”  (You are welcome to use the badge below!)

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I’m an extrovert.  Every personality test or quiz I’ve ever taken has confirmed this.  My whole life I’ve loved being around people and drawn my energy from those interactions.  I’ve always been the one making plans.  I went stir crazy without human interaction.

That’s all mostly still true but it’s changed a little.  I’m not as go, go, go as I used to be.  It’s like I need more downtime now but too much downtime causes me to feel low and can lead to a longer depressive episode.  It’s hard to balance that.

Things are just harder with depression.  Even when things are pretty good I find it harder to do the things I plan or get myself to go out.  That was never an issue for me before.  In fact, now that I think about it, it’s hard to know when I actually need downtime and when it is just the depression talking.

Maybe the difference is in how it makes me feel?  If it feels relaxing and enjoyable I probably need it.  If I’m angry at myself for staying in or I feel really low, it was probably the depression.  I’m not sure that’s quite right but it is something I can pay attention to going forward.

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I wasn’t sure what to write about for this Mental Health Monday so I just started writing.  It may have helped me notice things I wouldn’t have otherwise.  Co-hosting this linkup doesn’t make me an expert, far from it!  I’m just trying to figure things out and writing helps, even when I don’t know what it will end up being.  I hope it is helping you all too!

Link up below!

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CARLA August 17, 2015 at 4:09 AM

interesting youve shifted a bit as youve gotten older.I think thats it here too.
I need fewer people when I recharge but then I NEED PEOPLE :-)

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Meredith August 17, 2015 at 10:10 PM

I get this, except its with anxiety for me. Do I want to be around people because I’m feeling anxious and like nobody likes me, or do I want to be around people because I’m an extrovert and it makes me feel good to be around them!

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