Some of you want to enjoy life, you really do. You just don’t know how to make it happen. You feel like your wheels are spinning and the more you try, the further you end up from the goal. It feels impossible. Part of you wants to give up the quest. You are so, very tired. Yet, the hope of freedom pushes you forward and allows you to take your next feeble step.
That’s EXACTLY how it felt for me over a decade ago.
I wanted to enjoy my life. I didn’t want to feel miserable a moment longer. I just didn’t know how to make my way out of the dark pit I had fallen into. I was desperate and grabbing at straws and hoping that something, anything would happen to make my life even a bit easier and more hopeful.
I was in a very bad and vulnerable place. And I am so thankful for all the potentially harmful situations I was saved from. Which I totally believe was God’s intervening hand in my life.
At that point, I literally felt like I was hanging on by a prayer. I was in full-on survival mode and I was absolutely exhausted.
Anyone else there now? If that’s you, know that someone can relate to your pain. You aren’t alone and there is no reason to feel shame. And that this little blog is dedicated to you. And that there is hope, there is always hope. And I promise, I will help however I am able.
One of the first things I did that began my ascent up and out of the pit I had found my way in, was change my diet.
This may sound a little silly, but I promise you that what we put in our bodies really does affect how we feel. I didn’t realize at the time that the junk food and sugar and caffeine that I was consuming in large quantities, served with a large side of inadequate sleep was a recipe for poor physical AND emotional health. It was a recipe for depression.
The very first change I made on my journey to emotional wellness, to actually loving my life, was a change to what I put IN my body. I made the change because of a physical illness, but the amazing emotional benefits I experienced, as well, has made me keep at it over the years. I feel incredibly fortunate to have discovered the healing power of food by accident. Because I am convinced I would not be where I am today, content and able to enjoy life, without it.
Is this the missing link for you?
Maybe you have tried everything you know to feel happy and it just isn’t happening for you. Could it be that a bad diet/lifestyle are standing in the way? Maybe this will be the first step out of the pit you have found yourself in.
When I began to cut back on bad food and fill my body with the nutritious food it so desperately needed, things began to change. Granted, not as quickly as I would have liked (because it would take a course of several years for me to put more of the puzzle pieces together), but a good, marked improvement. My life slowly, bit-by-bit began to rise up from the ashes. This was a pivotal turning point – a fork in the road (pun intended :).
p.s. If you feel the way I described myself feeling over a decade ago, please, please read my post on combatting depression. Combining a healthy diet with the suggestions I make in that post has made all the difference for me.