As I write this article it’s 7am, I’ve been up since 5am and it’s a Wednesday.

Typically Wednesday’s would be boring and very likely a day for depression as it’s the middle of the week.

When I suffered from depression for just over 2 years, a Wednesday would be a meaningless day. I would wake up around 9/10am, eat, masturbate/watch porn, watch tv for an hour and by 11am I was already feeling depressed and worthless. I would think of everyone who was at work doing something with their life. Then there’s me trying to figure out what I wanted to do.

As I said in the opening sentence, it’s 7am, I got up at 5am, I walked down to the park and worked out using the outdoor calisthenics equipment as the gym’s are currently closed due to Covid-19. After an hour of training I made my way home listening to relaxing music thinking of all the things I’m grateful for. After showering, eating and getting ready it’s coming up to 7am. I head to the shop, get some fresh fruit, apple juice and Indian tonic water so I can rehydrate and make a smoothie. As the clock strikes 7 I sit down at my desk to work on 1STMAN which gives me real purpose in life.

By 9am, I will have woken up, worked out for an hour, showered and got ready, shopped, eaten healthy food twice, eased mental stress and written an article. The average person at 9am is sitting at their desk to start their day after a terrible morning where they dragged themselves out of bed as close to 9am as possible. You see, the difference in lifestyle changes your entire mentality. The old me hadn’t showered by 11am and had already wasted his energy for the day. The current me has accomplished 4 or 5 notable things before 9am with the entire day still ahead. There’s a reason one of us had depression and the other one doesn’t.

 

low testosterone and depression link

 

So what can you do to Combat Depression?

 

Wake up early

The earlier you wake up the more you can fit in before the 9am and 12pm (midday) checkpoints that make us feel bad about ourselves. If by 9am you’ve woken up, eaten, trained, read, and learned a language for 15 minutes, you’re going to feel like you’ve moved forward. If by 12 you’ve completed your biggest task of the day then suddenly lunch and a lunchtime walk feel earned which gets you to 1pm with a positive mindset.

Workout as early as possible

The earlier you can workout the better. Too many people say they’ll workout later. That becomes later and later until later becomes tomorrow. Wake up and train first thing, get it done, enjoy it or get it out of the way, either option is fine just do it. This will also make you tired and enable you to get to bed early that night which is a real issue for people with depression.

Eat well

Your diet and health are everything. Have you ever eaten a big cheat meal or takeway on a Friday night and then not wanted to do anything for the remainder of the day/maybe the entire next day? What you eat reflects your personality, food changes our hormones and behaviours.

Avoid masturbation & porn

I know because I would start each day with this, avoid porn at all cost. Masturbation and porn not only strip you of 30 minutes/1 hour but they take away your drive post ejaculation for the day. Your body will produce oxytocin, vasopressin and melatonin after ejaculation which encourages sleep and rest post achievement. Not exactly the best mindset to begin the day with.

Avoid testosterone lowering substances

Testosterone is the lifeblood of men. Without it we turn into floppy cows rather than sturdy bulls. Stop drinking tap water, don’t use fluoride filled toothpastes, get a natural deodrant, stop using shampoos and shower gels. All of these every day substances are slowing you down and hampering your energy levels/motivation to succeed.

Find a purpose

Even people who get up early and have a good job struggle to avoid depression if they have no purpose. The last thing you want in life is to wake up go to work come home and watch Netflix all night. This routine will make you feel lost. Start a business, have a property portfolio plan, start a fitness social account, whatever it is aim for something.

Make a tasklist the day before

Having a tasklist the night before gives you direction and an instant purpose. You’re waking up knowing you have things to do, mentally that changes everything.

Walk a lot

Something that helped me when I was suffering from depression was walking. I’d walk maybe 3 times per day. My favourite thing to do was to wake up early on a Saturday (my favourite day) before the world woke up and go for a walk in silence. Smell the fresh morning air, dress well and stomp around like you’re somebody. So many people with depression stay indoors a lot, it doesn’t take a genius to connect the two.

Be honest with yourself

One thing I realised during my depression is that I didn’t have to be the best at everything. It was okay to fail and take longer than normal to accomplish what I wanted. In school I was the best at sports, popular, etc. In life I was broke, unemployed and my hair was falling out, I couldn’t deal with this to begin with, but after a while I realised that this was how normal people lived and saw the world. They weren’t the best at everything they did and neither did I have to be. It’s better to work for it anyway!

Find enjoyment in smaller things

One day I went for a walk and saw an Eagle in a tree/flying around. I sat and watched for an hour because I realised I’d never noticed things like that before.

Achieve early on in the day

We’ve all seen the “Make your bed” speech by the Military guy, well he’s right. Make your bed, clean your house, run, workout, write, read, get your kids to school, whatever it might be for you, get it done and the rest of the day follows nicely behind. The more positive you are the better your life will be. The law of attraction seems to be real, that’s why a good day becomes great and a bad start gets worse.

 

Author Bio

Kris Sturmey

Kris Sturmey

Founder

Kris is a men’s expert with 7 years of experience within the men’s lifestyle game and is also the founder of 1STMAN based in London, UK.

Prior to starting Msicollege and 1STMAN Kris was a personal trainer, body language expert and men’s coach.

Kris suffered from depression for around 2 years in his youth and through trial and error found a way out, now living positively everyday.

Learn more about Kris in our about section and founder profile.

As I write this article it’s 7am, I’ve been up since 5am and it’s a Wednesday.

Typically Wednesday’s would be boring and very likely a day for depression as it’s the middle of the week.

When I suffered from depression for just over 2 years, a Wednesday would be a meaningless day. I would wake up around 9/10am, eat, masturbate/watch porn, watch tv for an hour and by 11am I was already feeling depressed and worthless. I would think of everyone who was at work doing something with their life. Then there’s me trying to figure out what I wanted to do.

As I said in the opening sentence, it’s 7am, I got up at 5am, I walked down to the park and worked out using the outdoor calisthenics equipment as the gym’s are currently closed due to Covid-19. After an hour of training I made my way home listening to relaxing music thinking of all the things I’m grateful for. After showering, eating and getting ready it’s coming up to 7am. I head to the shop, get some fresh fruit, apple juice and Indian tonic water so I can rehydrate and make a smoothie. As the clock strikes 7 I sit down at my desk to work on 1STMAN which gives me real purpose in life.

By 9am, I will have woken up, worked out for an hour, showered and got ready, shopped, eaten healthy food twice, eased mental stress and written an article. The average person at 9am is sitting at their desk to start their day after a terrible morning where they dragged themselves out of bed as close to 9am as possible. You see, the difference in lifestyle changes your entire mentality. The old me hadn’t showered by 11am and had already wasted his energy for the day. The current me has accomplished 4 or 5 notable things before 9am with the entire day still ahead. There’s a reason one of us had depression and the other one doesn’t.

 

low testosterone and depression link

 

So what can you do to Combat Depression?

 

Wake up early

The earlier you wake up the more you can fit in before the 9am and 12pm (midday) checkpoints that make us feel bad about ourselves. If by 9am you’ve woken up, eaten, trained, read, and learned a language for 15 minutes, you’re going to feel like you’ve moved forward. If by 12 you’ve completed your biggest task of the day then suddenly lunch and a lunchtime walk feel earned which gets you to 1pm with a positive mindset.

Workout as early as possible

The earlier you can workout the better. Too many people say they’ll workout later. That becomes later and later until later becomes tomorrow. Wake up and train first thing, get it done, enjoy it or get it out of the way, either option is fine just do it. This will also make you tired and enable you to get to bed early that night which is a real issue for people with depression.

Eat well

Your diet and health are everything. Have you ever eaten a big cheat meal or takeway on a Friday night and then not wanted to do anything for the remainder of the day/maybe the entire next day? What you eat reflects your personality, food changes our hormones and behaviours.

Avoid masturbation & porn

I know because I would start each day with this, avoid porn at all cost. Masturbation and porn not only strip you of 30 minutes/1 hour but they take away your drive post ejaculation for the day. Your body will produce oxytocin, vasopressin and melatonin after ejaculation which encourages sleep and rest post achievement. Not exactly the best mindset to begin the day with.

Avoid testosterone lowering substances

Testosterone is the lifeblood of men. Without it we turn into floppy cows rather than sturdy bulls. Stop drinking tap water, don’t use fluoride filled toothpastes, get a natural deodrant, stop using shampoos and shower gels. All of these every day substances are slowing you down and hampering your energy levels/motivation to succeed.

Find a purpose

Even people who get up early and have a good job struggle to avoid depression if they have no purpose. The last thing you want in life is to wake up go to work come home and watch Netflix all night. This routine will make you feel lost. Start a business, have a property portfolio plan, start a fitness social account, whatever it is aim for something.

Make a tasklist the day before

Having a tasklist the night before gives you direction and an instant purpose. You’re waking up knowing you have things to do, mentally that changes everything.

Walk a lot

Something that helped me when I was suffering from depression was walking. I’d walk maybe 3 times per day. My favourite thing to do was to wake up early on a Saturday (my favourite day) before the world woke up and go for a walk in silence. Smell the fresh morning air, dress well and stomp around like you’re somebody. So many people with depression stay indoors a lot, it doesn’t take a genius to connect the two.

Be honest with yourself

One thing I realised during my depression is that I didn’t have to be the best at everything. It was okay to fail and take longer than normal to accomplish what I wanted. In school I was the best at sports, popular, etc. In life I was broke, unemployed and my hair was falling out, I couldn’t deal with this to begin with, but after a while I realised that this was how normal people lived and saw the world. They weren’t the best at everything they did and neither did I have to be. It’s better to work for it anyway!

Find enjoyment in smaller things

One day I went for a walk and saw an Eagle in a tree/flying around. I sat and watched for an hour because I realised I’d never noticed things like that before.

Achieve early on in the day

We’ve all seen the “Make your bed” speech by the Military guy, well he’s right. Make your bed, clean your house, run, workout, write, read, get your kids to school, whatever it might be for you, get it done and the rest of the day follows nicely behind. The more positive you are the better your life will be. The law of attraction seems to be real, that’s why a good day becomes great and a bad start gets worse.

 

Author Bio

Kris Sturmey

Kris Sturmey

Founder

Kris is a men’s expert with 6 years of experience within the men’s lifestyle game and is also the founder of 1STMAN based in London, UK.

Prior to starting Msicollege and 1STMAN Kris was a personal trainer, body language expert and men’s coach.

Kris suffered from depression for around 2 years in his youth and through trial and error found a way out, now living positively everyday.

Learn more about Kris in our about section and founder profile.