Sharing stories of recovery and practical tips from men who have fought depression.
"The people around you can only help if you tell them the truth. Share your emotions. You are not alone."
I enjoy exploring our new home state of Colorado with my husband and our rescue pups, Arnie and Walter. In addition to being an avid sports fan and event coordinator, I have a deep passion for writing. My battle with orthorexia and passion for helping others left me a man on a mission, which is why I launched my blog orthorexiabites.com.
My therapist suggested I write my story. I documented my journey from losing my parents at a young age to losing touch with my siblings, and eventually facing eviction and an eating disorder.
While reading the story back to myself, I was able to see myself from an objective point of view, which allowed me to gain self-compassion and love myself for the first time in decades. I felt the boulder of pain and turmoil crumble away with each sentence I read.
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS THAT REALLY HELPED?
Be authentic with yourself and those around you. Your feelings are valid and your decision to share them only makes you stronger.
Once I was honest about the pain and hurt I felt inside, I realized things I liked about myself that I forgot existed. I learned to love the little things again.
The people around you can only help if you tell them the truth. There is nothing to fear and nothing to hide. Share your emotions. You are not alone.
– Jason Wood, Founder of Orthorexiabites, Denver, Colorado, USA