If You Don’t Remember This Fact You Will Stay Depressed

Topics Discussed:
0:46 – Traveling Abroad While Depressed
1:30 – Depression Forces You to Be Healthy
1:52 – Not “Believing” We Have to Take Care of Ourselves
2:30 – Trusting Yourself VS Other People’s Opinions
3:01 – Summary of the Truth

I land in my layover in Beijing China.  I have a whole bag full of supplements.

I’m serious.  NOTHING but supplements.  And pretty much every single one is brand new.

Supplements I Brought to Asia

All of These Shoved Into One Bag and Went Through Security

There’s quite a bit of money invested in those supplements, and some of these aren’t the easiest to find in other countries.

From my hometown security to finally making it over to China, for some reason I haven’t been stopped and questioned about all my supplements.  But each time, security gives me anxiety.

A lot of the critical supplements, like magnesium, I need for my depression.  A lot of the other ones are brand new so that I can try them out and report back my findings to this site.  To lose the bag of supplements would pretty much be a disaster for my entire trip.

So far so good.  Except this time in the security checkout in Beijing the lady stops me.  She points at my bag and goes, “Uh, lots of pills!”

Uh oh, what now.  There is a language barrier so I act confused (not knowing the language lets you get away with a lot). I look at her like I don’t understand her.

She repeats herself, “Lots of pills!” and starts to get up and walk towards me.

I just say, “I have depression.  Need pills!” and give her the thumbs up as I grab my bag and start walking away.

No one follows me or stops me, so I’m in the clear.

Overcoming Depression Means Taking Better Care of Yourself

You don’t have to carry random experimental supplements with you when you travel to other countries like myself.

But if you have depression, sometimes it is a pain to have to take extra care of yourself.

Everyone else is staying up late, eating garbage, getting hardly any sleep, and working 10 hours the next day and feeling positive.

With depression you eat a couple crappy meals, miss out on your sleep for a day, and you find yourself drifting back into the depths of despair.

Even worse, people around you will give you resistance to taking better care of yourself or commenting on your habits.

If you’re young, you will hear, “You should have energy all the time at that age!”

Keeping Up Your Health Habits is a Must

Bags I Took to Asia

The Bag on the Right Was My Supplement Smuggler

Over and over again I will start to believe that I am just like everyone else and can let things slide.  Over and over again, that leads me to another depressive cycle.

You have to accept that you are more prone to negative states than other people.  You have to accept that taking care of yourself, taking your vitamins,  and eating healthy food is ESSENTIAL to keeping you where you need to be.

I used to be known as the “lentil guy” at my work.  While people were eating hamburgers and french fries, I was the guy that was eating lentils, vegetables, and protein shakes.

People would make fun of me, but I knew from the many relapses of depression that this is the way I must live.

Does this suck?  Is it bad to have to be making healthy food for yourself all the time?

The Benefits of Depression

I don’t drink, smoke, do drugs, eat sugar, or stay up all night.  I eat huge salads full of vegetables and healthy protein, drink lots of water, exercise almost everyday, and get plenty of sleep.  Not to mention I take vitamins and minerals and have even gotten a blood test to make sure all my levels are aligned.

This makes it so I’m not depressed.

But this also makes one of the healthiest people around.

When my coworkers were tired and ready to end the work day, I was still booming with energy.

When other people are getting fat or complaining about their health, my body is in good shape.

When other people are wasting their lives away drinking Bud Light every night, I’m having a good time and waking up feeling awesome the next day.

I have learned so much about living life and how to be healthy from my depression.  I would have never given myself that education if I didn’t feel like killing myself without it.

Ignore Everything Else and Realize that Depression Is Real

I wish I would have just accepted that I had depression and that it was real many years ago.  Instead I kept listening to all the crap from other people thinking it was all in my head, that I could just think positive and it would go away, and that I could eat whatever I wanted and feel fine at my young age.

Depression is real and that means you gotta take better care of yourself then other people.

After a while of being the “lentil guy” people stop bugging you once they see you are firm in your decision and don’t feel the need to have to explain anything.

The good thing is after a few months of getting your body and brain back into balance, you actually can go out and get drunk and eat McDonalds and feel fine the next day.  There are also a few supplements you can take that will ease things and make it so you don’t have to be so bulletproof.

But when you are recovering from depression and getting everything back into order, you have to take much better care of yourself than anybody else.  This might suck, but once you get rolling with being super healthy all the time you will never look back.

Remember, depression is real.  Don’t let the media or anything else convince you otherwise, and keep rocking those vegetables, exercise, and sleep!

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  • Gavin Walker

    Great article. I realized while reading it that I do get to shut out the other voices and just take care of myself. When people think I’m weird for turning down a donut, who cares? When others think I’m vain or shallow just because I feel a need to exercise every day, who cares. When friends think I’m boring for having a bedtime, big deal! They can think what they want. Most people accept and even admire what I do anyways, so why listen to those few loud voices that laugh? Just gotta take care of myself!

    • TJ Nelson

      You know I admire you. Especially now that you have a beard I think people won’t mess with you when you eat healthy and want to go to sleep on time 😉

  • http://www.sarahlibros.blogspot.com/ Sarah Libros

    Great to see another post from you TJ. This is so important. I think that I often let my depression be an excuse not to take good enough care of myself. Like, things have been rough for me so I deserve to treat myself and eat whatever I want. It’s only been very recently that I’ve realized how much I need to take care of my health, and I need every reminder I can get, so this was a great thing to read.

    • TJ Nelson

      Thanks Sarah! Hopefully London isn’t too dark and rainy right now! 🙂

      But yes, it wasn’t until I actually started selling cars and dealing with social pressure all the time that I hardened my belief in taking care of myself. Thus the “lentil guy” was born and I never looked back.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com/ Dan

    Fabulous post TJ, really great insights

    • TJ Nelson

      Thanks Dan!

  • http://www.entrepreneursforachange.com/ Lorna Li

    Haha! I have an entire rollie carry on suitcase full of supplements & superfoods. Other travel hacking digital nomads wonder why I have so much stuff – a big backpack, a medium size school backpack, and a carry on suitcase. The biggest weight for me are my supplements & organic personal care products. Fortunately, this weight decreases over time. I used to schlep around a Berkee water filter – bottled water is chock full of chemicals. But that was a pain, so I had to give that up. Second source of weight is electronic gear (Macbook Air, power adapter, surge protecting power strip, camera, tripod, Blue Snowball mic, professional H4N Zoom mp3 recorder, rechargeable batteries, solar charger, external hard drive, Kindle Fire). Which, when you think about it though, this truly isn’t that much stuff to live on for the past year!

    • TJ Nelson

      Haha! Good to know I’m not the only one hauling around supplements! In Chiang Mai at least it is easy to find healthy food here.

      • http://www.entrepreneursforachange.com/ Lorna Li

        I got the low-down on organic, MSG free veg restaurants in Chiang Mai if you are interested!

  • Creighton

    Glad I found your help. Thanks!

    • TJ Nelson

      Let us know if you have any questions!

      • gypsy

        i have had chronic headaches and pain and depression for 40years
        every day and night.right now i am on citalopram,wellbutrin and trazadone.i want to taper these off-no real benefit-can you help me-
        most clinicians push pills-want to get off them and try something different

        • TJ Nelson

          Is there any doctors in your area that also use nutrition and vitamins? Getting off all three of those is going to be tricky, as they affect almost every neurotransmitter in your brain.

          I have experience with getting off of one antidepressant, not getting off of three. I would go extra slow and use extra caution at all times. Going off of trazadone might give you insomnia as well.

  • Vrajesh

    You really got out on the other side man! Good for you! Can I recommended a daily green juicing habit? Probably one of the healthiest things one can do!

    • TJ Nelson

      Thank you! And I do got to get on the juicing train, I’ve seen way too many people feeling awesome while juicing.

      • Vrajesh

        I am just starting to accept that depression is a REAL condition and a state of mind and you cannot just WILL your way out of it. I am so glad to have found your website with a lot of information on where to start my journey on recovery and building my body and mind back up. I guess i will start with vitamins and minerals before i move on to any supplements or amino acids or herbs.

        People have also benefited from Brainwave Entrainment Meditation programs such as BrainEV and Profound Meditation Program and etc.. not promoting but just things i have run across and stuff.

        Thanks TJ!

        • TJ Nelson

          Thanks for your comment!

          And yes, meditation is a daily habit I do. One of the most important things in my day, I do it no matter what. I also dedicated an entire week to it in my course.

          Let us know your progress and what happens!