Post Event Depression / Blues
I just posted something similar to this on Facebook, in general terms, but some of the responses made me think that this might be a good discussion for this group, too.
I know that I'm not alone in this: Pretty frequently after a big swim or a big summer, I start to feel down, tired, don't want to swim, don't eat right, don't sleep, get irritable, and more. All of these things are signs of depression. I'm generally a happy/motivated/energetic person, so I don't always recognize what's going on at first and don't understand why, suddenly, the couch and TV are SO APPEALING, and pools, friends, and lakes aren't fun any more. After my English Channel swim, I was talking about how I was feeling with a friend and he said something like, "Oh, English Channel depression is a real thing. I've heard of lots of people dealing with it." So, since then, I've just always accepted that it was a likely occurrence and that I would just deal with it on my own terms. I've always come out of it with a new goal or challenge, but it's a bumpy ride. I no longer panic over it and worry about my life well-being, but it's still a hard thing to get past.
I'm curious if anyone is willing to share their experiences and some tips/suggestions for overcoming these icky feelings and moving forward. I know this is personal, but maybe sharing can help others experiencing this for the first time (or the 10th time) to get past it and know they aren't alone! I'm not meaning for this to be negative- but simply wanting to help anyone now or in the future who may find this as a struggle, too.