I’ve had mental health problems for most of my life, but a few years ago I finally learned how to overcome my anxiety and live in the moment. My mental health improved so much that I started this podcast in hopes that it would help others get better, faster. But, when I was hit with a heart scare, broken ankle, two bouts of COVID-19, the flu, and a sinus infection over the course of a few months my mental resiliency was tested. I felt sick and depressed, and I worried that it would take me back to a dark place.
Despite the work I did to improve my mental health, the onslaught of medical issues one after another threatened to unravel my progress. In fact, these illnesses would have broken the old me. Luckily, I was able to hold on to my mental health with a positive outlook. Though there were several days that I felt quite down.
The difference is that I felt sick and depressed for short periods of time, rather than going into a downward spiral. I was able to do this because I learned psychological flexibility — the ability to adapt to any given challenge that arises in life.
It’s normal to feel depressed when you get sick. The truth is that life will always ebb and flow. No matter how much self-improvement work you do, the universe is always going to test you.
So, what can you do when you feel sick and depressed? Well, I’m going to share with you several strategies I use to maintain a positive mindset. Listen to this episode to learn how you can develop your own psychological flexibility so that the next time you feel sick and depressed it doesn’t derail your life.