The photo on the left was six months ago. That was about the happiest face that I could bring myself to make at the time and it was probably the least comfortable I’d ever been being me…but it feels like years have passed since then. One of the incredible things I’ve learned is how taking care of your physical health can improve your mental health. When you suffer with depression, the amount of things that seem worthwhile are slim to none. I’ve been going through some incredibly difficult times in the past year dealing with things that just seemed to pile on top of another; weighing me down to where at points I physically felt incapable of moving. The majority of my days were spent just trying to be ok enough to make it until tomorrow. I indulged in negativity for a long while and I really had no clue how to be positive about anything. After what seemed like an eternity, I realized that I needed a goal, something to work toward that at least gave me a purpose to do something productive every day. I decided that I wanted to be in top physical condition like I had been only a couple years earlier. It wasn’t long before exercising and eating properly became one of the main outlets for clearing my mind and gaining happiness. I lost 20 pounds in a couple of months and gained healthy weight afterward in a continuing effort to be the best possible version of myself. I know that it may seem shallow to an extent, but the confidence from feeling good about my appearance and physical ability along with the overall feeling of being in great health has allowed me to begin to positively work through and shed some of the many emotional and psychological weights I’ve been carrying. I feel better about myself and my situation in life than I have in a very long time. And today for the first time in months, I felt truly content.