For me, an anxiety episode can easily lead to a depressive episode, and vice versa. After an anxiety episode, I typically feel defeated and tired. And thus, the spiral begins. The clouds I previously spoke of can begin to roll in. This does not always happen, but when it does, it can be difficult to manage. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened during the time I was trying to become a vlogger. (See That One Time I Tried To Be A Vlogger, But Anxiety…https://thed-word.com/2019/11/10/that-one-time/).
The Shortest Walk video above is one I recorded two days after the first video was made. It was my second and last vlogging video.
As I left my apartment for this walk, I felt like a vampire emerging from its lair, as I have often felt before. I was glad to have made it outside. There is always a worry for me that I will not be able to muster up the energy to do something, even a simple thing like going for a walk.
At ten minutes long, it is one of the shortest walks I have ever taken. Although brief, it helped me. I stayed home the rest of that day, but I was able to get a few things done around my apartment before eventually lying down again. Sometimes, if I can push myself to do the smallest thing, it can help to boost my mood. And yet other times, nothing works. I was thankful that I was able to take this walk and grateful that it helped me on a small-scale. A few days later, after coercing myself to be active for short periods of time, I was feeling better and able to start this blog site.
NOTE: In this video, I stated that “depressive episode” is not technical terminology. That is not a completely accurate statement. The term depressive/depression episode is used in the medical field to describe instances of depression. (Sources: Healthline, How to Manage a Depressive Episode, https://www.healthline.com/health/mdd/depression-episode; Medical News Today, How To Cope With A Depressive Episode, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322495.php)