I find it hard to talk about my health to people, but the more I’ve worked with groups. The more I see the importance of being able to open up.
My health is what got me into my life of adventure, so I thought I would explain it in a short blog.
During my teenage years, I was bullied at school, this lead me to barely attending school. Doing my best to avoid being picked on, it also lead to me developing depression and anxiety at an early age.
It took a random job in South Africa working at an animal rehabilitation centre, to snap me out of my first low. Which I could not see ending.
But I still find things trigger me into going into huge lows
returning from Expeditions
as soon as I’m home, and trying to slip back into a 9-5 routine, after months of being on the road working abroad. Sends me into what is called adventure blues.
Now this one is a big one for many people, as we all find ourselves on social media. I find myself comparing myself to people, or being jealous of their trips.
This was the big one for me, and sent me into a big low this year. I contracted Malaria at the start of 2018 from a trip to Madagascar. With being ill, I had to cancel most of the years work as I had no idea when I’d be fit again. With not being able to work, losing my fitness and spending more time on social media. I found myself in a very bad place.
But after a lengthy talk with my GP and myself, I decided I was the only person who could change how I feel.
So first I started taking silly pictures of me Jumping in the air! These pictures got me back outside hiking, thinking of places to walk to find the shot. Which meant my fitness started to improve.
Then I thought I am going to stop competing with people on Social media, as they may be in the same boots as me.
When I was feeling nearly back to normal I decided to walk the Pennine way, which I was a great time. No signal, just me and the fresh air.
Now I can feel, when I’m on a down and I now know what helps me. opening up and getting outside