(First published in 2017)
People often come to me who want to lose weight or improve their lifestyle, but their moods are not at all good.
Sometimes, when I ask about it, we will say that their weight is because they think they are fighting with depression or anxiety.
I always tell them the same thing.
Mood comes first.
Deliberate weight loss requires many things that mood disorders often exclude – the ability to follow, plan, organize and motivate. Determining yourself to struggle with weight loss trying to influence intentional changes when your mood is just as it is not just unfair can make things worse by giving you something to feel guilty when you are understood and realistically challenged . And it's also important to note that your mental health is much more important than your weight.
So regardless of your weight, or working with your family doctor, helping your employees, reading books, chatting with friends, or searching for community counseling resources (many of which offer sliding payment scales ) priority.
Sometimes I use a current ratio.
You can not start the work to learn to run if your ankle is currently spreading.
First you work on your ankle. Then you learn to run.
First mood. Then weight.
(And remember, for every # twelveBellLetsTalk tweet, RT and Facebook are being shared today, Bell will donate a nickel to mental health and yes, it's marketing for them, but unlike hospitals that collect money with biscuits, telecoms do not contribute to load social illness or promote an unhealthy lifestyle – so titrate and share!)