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How to emerge from my depression funk?

Answered on October 16, 2013
Created October 16, 2013 at 2:43 PM

I suffered a blow to my work life recently and have taken it pretty hard. Like everyone, I have experienced setbacks in my life before and have always been able to pick myself up with a good attitude. I am usually one of those optimistic in the face of everything people. Yet, something about this time is different, I feel apathetic about life, work and my goals.

I have zero desire to do the things I love such as exercise, sex(in a long distance relationship so lack of has yet to affect our relationship), music, etc. I love to cook and eat but now I find I have to force food down despite feeling hungry. Work has taken me away from home so while I have made some acquaintances, I don't have any close friends close. Normally, I don't mind but this time I feel the loneliness more acutely. I have yet to communicate these changes to anyone because partly, I don't feel like talking about it and also, there is nothing they can do for me from afar.

What should I do? Any dietary changes that might help me emerge from this funk? I know enough to put one foot in front of the other and complete my obligations but how do I make myself feel (anything) again?

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Diet always helps, but in my experience nothing (not even copious amounts of bacon) can replace the feeling of being connected to a supportive and caring community. It sounds like you're feeling pretty crappy due to this work life change, and that's causing you to begin to withdraw and disconnect. Everyone has set backs like you say, and there is always one event that seems like quote "the end of the world", unquote. You say you don't want to talk to anyone, but sometimes the simplest conversations can make us feel like we're not alone and give us the boost we need to keep pushing forward. Pick up the phone, call a friend or family member, take a class, take up a new hobby with new people...anything that gives you a sense of being involved in something.

Food wise, make sure you're taking care of your body - eat lots of good quality protein and fat, and make sure to incorporate complex carbs from things like sweet potatoes and some fruit. Exercise, get some sunlight (vit D), sleep well and socialize. Your funk will pass if you take it a day at a time. Often times things happen in our lives that we may interpret as bad at the time, but they end up working out for the better.

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