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6 Reasons Creating Content Will Fight Depression

6 Reasons Creating Content Will Fight Depression

I’m sad pretty much all of the time. Even though my articles seem positive, and they do reflect my own desire to be more positive, sadness tends to be my number one emotion in any given day. If you’re reading this, that’s probably the case for you too. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I think the reasons as to why we should try to fight it are obvious. In my own struggles I have found that the thing that makes me able to carry on through the storm has always been my constant content generation. While this might not be the key for you, I think its certainly worth a shot and it could very well help you out of the pit.

6. It Restructures Your Day

This is a key aspect to fighting depression – having structure in your day and having something you work for every day. I find that at the end of the day being able to say “I did this thing” is absolutely crucial. If you have a pre-determined thing to do every day then you know that you are going to be able to build onto something that previously existed. As you go about your day you know that you have one explicit thing you have to do and this helps to give you something to concentrate your day around. Being able to concentrate around something like that is crucial to defeating depression.

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5. It Makes You An Interesting Person

This is one of those things that doesn’t really make sense until you are living it, but think about it, most of the most interesting people from history were those who were doing stuff every day and creating a body of work. If you’re doing something similar then you are by default going to become more interesting. The act of creating content often requires research and introspection. This is important because it can help establish a sense of self and help you understand why you are valuable. Once you start getting into the hundreds or even thousands of pieces of content it’s incredibly rewarding to go back and look at all the people you’ve met and things you’ve learned from your work.

4. It Gives You Purpose

This is perhaps the most obvious one on this list but it’s crucial. When you’re depressed it’s easy to not want to get out of bed in the morning, but if you know that you’ve got to create content then you have a reason to move. Even if your content is just three hundred words a day there is suddenly a motivation to get your day going and start exploring yourself. With depression we often ask if anything matters, in this case the content matters because it is giving us a reason to keep going and build towards something. Hell, even if you aren’t building towards something it’s good to be creating content because again, it provides momentum to your day – which makes sense because…

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3. Suddenly There Is A Goal

When I was at my most depressed moments I felt like I had no goal in life. Yet as I started to produce massive amounts of content I felt vindicated because suddenly there was a goal. I wanted to write better content which I hoped would consequently get on bigger and bigger sites and get my work in front of more people. It wasn’t a grandiose scheme – it was just something I had to make me not kill myself. Did I envision making money off of it? Not really. Did I envision it taking over my life like it has? Never. It simply gave me something to do and gave me drive in a time in my life when I had no friends and few real hobbies. If you have a goal in your life then you already know where you’re going – and as long as you keep moving forward it’s hard for the depression to take over.

2. It Can Spark A Passion

When I started writing about heavy metal when I was fourteen I just thought it would be a fun thing to do with my buddy Dan, I didn’t think that I would become a professional writer and band manager. Yet here I am. Producing content became my passion and then it became my life, and it can be the same way for you too. It’s not an easy thing to do at first and it can require a lot of work and dedication but it allows you to discover new things about yourself, and let me guarantee you, when you have a passion giving your whole life direction it’s hard to wallow in depression. Now, I definitely still have days where I feel sad and need affection and wish my roommate would let us get a cat (Fucking Chad) but I think that ever since I allowed content creation to dictate my life I have been a much happier person.

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1. It Can Lead To So Much More

Like I mentioned in the last post – creating content is just the beginning. It can build towards a career. For some of the sites that I write for, this one included, when people see that you’re a regular contributor they start to get a sense that you’re the real deal and turn around and offer you work. Creating content you’re passionate about not only gets you doing exciting stuff it also gets other people excited about what you’re doing. You’re allowing yourself to be a part of a better tomorrow and prove that you are your own master and capable of bringing your work and that of those around you to a new level. More importantly you are contributing to the human story and rising above the forces of depression to become your very own force to be reckoned with.

Featured photo credit: Jan Tik via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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