Depression Hurts….

You have all probably seen the commercial with the weimaraner holding a tennis ball looking sadly at a depressed man.  Then the sound bite, “depression hurts everyone”.  If you know weimaraners, then you will love them even when they are pissing on your dining room carpet know that they are always one of three things: Ready,  Depressed/Bored/Waiting for YOU to be READY, or Sleeping.

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So whenever somebody is depressed, that commercial pops into my head.  Like a Weimaraner, I feel like I’m waiting for them to come out of their depression.  Like I need to take my ball and roll it between their feet and encourage them to get out the door to play.  But reality is that people who are depressed don’t want to play.  They don’t want run.  They don’t want to take the chance of feeling anything.  So you, like me, must wait.  Be there for them and wait it out.  It may take a long time. 

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You may need to play by yourself for a while.

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Just be patient.  Understand this is a medical problem.  Some people will snap out of it as the seasons change, others will require medical assistance.  Read more on depression HERE or HERE.  

Although, you can’t help them medically, you can encourage them to get out the door to hit the gym with you, take a yoga class or go for a run.  You know how you always feel amazing happy when you finish a run?  Well, that is because the brain releases endorphins or chemicals, serotonin and norepinephrine, during the run to elevate your mood!  These same chemicals also helps fight depression.  Here is an excerpt below on how exercise can help depression.  Full article from the Mayo Clinic HERE.

How does exercise help depression and anxiety?

Exercise probably helps ease depression in a number of ways, which may include:

  • Releasing feel-good brain chemicals that may ease depression (neurotransmitters and endorphins)
  • Reducing immune system chemicals that can worsen depression
  • Increasing body temperature, which may have calming effects

Exercise has many psychological and emotional benefits too. It can help you:

  • Gain confidence. Meeting exercise goals or challenges, even small ones, can boost your self-confidence. Getting in shape can also make you feel better about your appearance.
  • Take your mind off worries. Exercise is a distraction that can get you away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed anxiety and depression.
  • Get more social interaction. Exercise may give you the chance to meet or socialize with others. Just exchanging a friendly smile or greeting as you walk around your neighborhood can help your mood.
  • Cope in a healthy way. Doing something positive to manage anxiety or depression is a healthy coping strategy. Trying to feel better by drinking alcohol, dwelling on how badly you feel, or hoping anxiety or depression will go away on its own can lead to worsening symptoms.

So while “we” can’t do much to ease the depression of our loved ones, we can let them know that we love them, no matter what, and encourage them to get out the door to get a breath of fresh air and hopefully a few miles on a beautiful trail to boost those endorphins. 

Never give up.   Keep trying.  You may not be successful today but possibly next week or next month.  They are worth the extra effort it takes to haul their ass out the door boost their mood.  You will feel better too because it’s true, depression hurts and affects everyone.  So go, drag a friend or family member out for a run or walk!  Reintroduce them to  your “happy pill”.  🙂

**Boost Those Endorphins ** Amanda – TooTallFritz ** amanda@tootallfritz.com

The Little Things…..

In my real life, Miami Beach vacations are certainly not a thing of the norm.  In fact, had it not been for my momma & I’s traditional Leap Day trip to celebrate life, then I may have never seen the beauty of South Beach.  In my REAL LIFE  I cherish the beauty of the little things.  A few of the little things that I have been appreciating over the last several days. 

The Ability/Flexibility to Try New Things

  • Mojitos – About 9 out of 10 people were enjoying these refreshing looking drinks while we were in Miami.  I decided to take the dare and try one even though I normally do not care for hard alcohol.  I thought I might get lucky since Mojitos have ingredients that I like:  lime, mint, rum.  Unfortunately, the end result didn’t work for me.  It was disgusting I didn’t like it at all.  I had trouble finishing it, which says a lot since half the glass was filled with lovely greenery.  Mojito – YUCK!
  • Birkenstock Sandals – I have never been a fashionista but I’m certainly not earthy either.  The Birkenstock craze was huge in college but I never jumped on the band wagon.  I mean, really, why would I pay the same amount of $$ for sandals as I would a good pair of running shoes?  It seemed insane at the time, particularly when they didn’t fit my “style”.  Well time changes almost everything.  I saw a pair of these babies in Miami and they have come a long way in the style department.  Plus when I slid them on my feet, they had a lot of support particularly for the Plantar muscle.  Sold.  Birkenstock – YAY!
  • Mom tried raw oysters!  Wow!  She is good about trying new things but let’s just be honest, raw oysters aren’t an easy sell.  She thought they were “good” but didn’t really understand the point of eating something that you aren’t supposed to chew.  Good point but I still like them.  🙂  Raw Oysters – ???

The Homecoming

  • Seeing the family.  As a busy mom, I loved going away for a few days and having zero responsibilities, being able to just lounge, do whatever caught my fancy, and being able to eat out at nice restaurants; however, by the end of the trip, I was also anxious to get home to the kiddos and hubby.  I missed the craziness of being with the kids.  And they loved the fact that I was home for about 5 minutes before they started fighting and making demands.
  • Sleeping in my own bed.  Who doesn’t prefer their own bed over any others?  I really don’t like to stay overnight anywhere other than my parents.  They have a good bed for me and Michael and it’s comfortable and I’m used to it since I stay there a lot.  But otherwise, I don’t even want to stay at a friend’s house because I am just not comfortable.  I normally do not do well in hotels either.  Thankfully the Miami hotel had a good bed and sleeping was good but normally, I’m not a fan.
  • My dog.  I have a Weimaraner, LibLib, who is my baby.  Unfortunately, Michael now demands more attention than her and OUR cuddle time is much less than pre-Michael.  However, I love this dog more than most people and I miss her when I’m gone.  She is my heart, soul, and my very best bed warmer.  No electric blanket needed, I have LibLib. 

Back to Reality and a Schedule

  • I like a good schedule.  That’s how I get through life.  Organization and Time Management are key ingredients to Making It Happen.
  • Quality time with Aby.  It is always nice to steal some quality time with the oldest while hubby is picking up Michael by taking a short run.   Now that track season is on the horizon, all of a sudden, I’m more in demand with my oldest because she wants to go running to be in shape for the season.  I think we probably missed the “in shape” boat by a month or more but I’ll suck up take all the quality time I can get with her while she still likes me.  Last night we did a windy 3 miles on our country roads.
  • Wednesday Night F’N Runs.  Wednesday is now my favorite day of the week because I have locked it in as a Run Day with the F’N Running Club.  It certainly isn’t easy for the family to make it happen but we have somehow managed it for the last 5 months.  I am hoping we can continue to manage it, even with Aby’s track schedule.  We shall see.  But this week, I’m in and soooo looking forward to it!

What little things in real life to you cherish and try to appreciate?

Happy Running,                                                                                                                 Amanda – TooTallFritz