if you see someone struggling, help them get back on track. if you see someone suddenly go quiet in a group conversation, check up on them. if you notice someone worried and afraid, comfort them. if you see someone suddenly dissappear, shut themselves away and haven't been showing up for days, LET THEM KNOW YOU NOTICED THEM GONE.
it seriously frustrates me when i see people completely ignore someone who is c l e a r l y not doing well. ESPECIALLY when the person is anxious, depressed, may have or had abandonment issues, etc and may RELY on reassurance and validation that they matter.
and if you know yourself, and if you're going through difficult times right now, i just want to say that there is NOTHING wrong with spiraling down, there is nothing wrong with wanting validation or reassurance that people care about you. i am sorry that there are people out there who missed the signs. im sorry there are people who you thought you were so close to make you feel unwanted. unheard. invisible. you do not deserve to be invisible.
every life is precious. every word and opinion of yours is valid. and i am so, so sorry that me, you, or anyone who relates to what i just said are stuck in the dark, hoping for something but we get nothing.
you are strong. and all you deserve in life is people who recognize you're getting bad again. people who see you slowly back yourself away, not because you necessarily intend to, but maybe because you feel like thats the only way. maybe someone will notice you gone. maybe this will convince somewhere deep inside you that people actually care about your existence.
and on the other hand:
if you notice someone's getting distant, acknowledge them.
if you argue that you never noticed anything because the person in question didn't "look like they needed help" or "didn't say anything", that's not an excuse.
its not that fucking hard to be a good friend and a decent human being. just check up on them anyways. check up on everyone.
since when was mental health so secretive and stigmatized?
Walking is a great way to raise your activity levels. Outdoor walking is great for your mind and body! The team at Active Elderly have put together a list of beautiful scenic walks which are suitable for older adults:
The Phoenix Park, Dublin 8
South Wall Walk, Poolbeg
Ardgillan Castle Walk, Balbriggan
The River Dodder Trail
Malahide - Portmarnock Coastal walk
These are some of the most beautiful walks in Dublin we know you will love! Walking beautiful trails is a great and fun way to exercise.
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One of the biggest barriers to exercise for older adults is the perception that it is too late to start. Research shows that those who were not playing sports or physically active when they were younger are significantly less likely to start at an older age. We’re here to tell you that it’s never too late.
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Remember that 150-minute weekly guideline from a few posts back?
Well, according to a 2011 study, people that achieved that figure saw their sleep quality improve by 65%. So, although physical activity and exercise may tire you out at the time, it can also set you up for that all-important overnight recovery. Just remember, exercising close to bedtime can actually be detrimental to recovery depending on the individual.
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My last comp, I had the mother of all rebounds. Almost 20kgs 🙃 I refuse to diet myself into misery. I love this sport, the discipline, the science etc. But I refuse to diet myself into a state of disaster. Because come post comp, I dont want another rebound.
This weekend, I took a flexible dieting approach. Monday to thurs was low carb. Fri and sat was high carb, and I guess you could say today was moderate carb. I kept within a good calorie and macro range, didnt have alcohol, and overall I am happy.
I even included 2x training sessions today (sunday) so I'm feeling pretty good about it all.