How did you overcome a tough period in life?

joevol33

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I just played golf. I golf quite a bit so that is nice.
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This should help you have more confidence in yourself 🤣. I actually dressed like this to mess with everyone when I played in a golf tournament here in Georgia. I was working with a men's recovery home doing bible study once a week, and the guy who owned it had an annual tournament to raise money. I'm not a golfer, so I figured I'd be me, and have some fun, and they loved it. It made them laugh, so it was worth it. I actually found out I could hit the crap out of a ball, further than most. Only thing, nobody knew where it was going 🤣
 

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I skipped over some posts, so apologies if I am repeating things.

Have you saw a behavioral health therapist or a doctor? Have you ever tried medication?

A few years ago, my late 20's, I started experiencing really bad depression. I didn't, and still don't sleep more than a few hours a night. I went to a doctor and was diagnosed bipolar and with manic depression. It certainly is the lowest of lows. I have told maybe 10 people, because it is one of those things I keep to myself. To make things even weirder, I was dating a psych doctor and working at a mental health facility while being diagnosed, so it was kind of random and came from nowhere.

I still have my lows. It is mostly managing how to cope with them and not letting them linger and get worse. I workout every day, I take a small amount of medicine and limit social media and phone usage. Personally, I am against taking lots of medicine, but I just don't like the side effects. I do what I have to do to keep myself occupied and on a routine. The weekends are actually harder just because they break that routine and send my brain spinning. When at my worst, I try to surround myself with my true friends and also get away and go camping. I am not an outdoors person, but my family own a bunch of land in the middle of nowhere, so I sometimes go spend a day or so and turn my phone off and spend some time alone. I am religious, so I like to spend that time praying. I'm sure you could spend time meditating or collecting your thoughts.
 
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Hello everyone,

I am feeling down, so I figured I would post in here again. What is your mood like the day you are about to go back to work?

Those are always my darkest days. I wonder: "Why do I keep going to a job where I do the same thing over and over again?" "What is my purpose?" "What's the use?"

I do not know why I was placed on this Earth. That is a crappy feeling. I believe in nothing. My negativity has spilled over into my love of sports. I am about to work 5 days in a row doing something that I just get made fun of for all the time. None of this is good.


I guess I will post some good things about this week even though I don't feel great about them:

- I went to the gym twice this week
- I cooked for myself some
- I did not let my emotions get the best of me after several bad golf shots
- I went to therapy
- I cleaned my living room
- I did not drink myself to sickness
- I went to the grocery store

I feel selfish for posting about my troubles with so many problems in the world, but here we are. Anyway, I hope everyone is having a good Thursday.
This is where you have to acquire some self-confidence. I used to worry about things like this all of the time. Now, I purposely put myself in difficult situations just so I become more comfortable in criticism and handling things.
 

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I just played golf. I golf quite a bit so that is nice.
Why not volunteer to work at a golf tournament? From reading this thread you appear to be very isolated. Your young and physically healthy and only work 4 days a week and are lonely. What things can you get involved in that aren’t self-focused where you are giving back to your community or helping folks in need? Everyone needs a purpose in life beyond self gratification in order to have a healthy degree of self worth. Many folks do this by finding a spouse and raising a family. Lots get involved in faith based organizations helping others. Some work with the youth. Make a commitment to seeking out these types of activities that most appeal to you then get out there and start trying. If the first experience isn’t any good, try something else. Next thing you know you will make some relationships with like minded folks which will fill your life more. spending your non working hours in an apartment self medicating with drugs or alcohol is a path to unhappiness. I have folks in my circle who share some of what you’ve been feeling so I realize first hand that it’s an ongoing struggle - I wish you a happy life and I believe it’s there for you to have if you will decide to go after it!
 
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