I joined this forum because I needed some advice. I’ve been going through a rough spot in my life and I don’t really know how to handle it.
Training has kept me sane. Even though 90% of my friends and family were never informed, I’ve suffered from anxiety and some bouts of depression for a couple years now. Training has always been there for me when nothing else was, it was literally the one thing I could turn to when life was being sh*tty.
Now that I’ve graduated HS and my dreams of attending a major university were shot down after reality hit that I wasn’t going to be able to live comfortably with the amount of debt I would owe, I’ve been staying with a close relative and working full-time saving up money so I can pursue my dream by next year by going to college.
I’ve not been able to train for the past 3-4 months, and because of a bad diet and very physical job I’ve lost <12-15lbs off my already scrawny-ish frame. While already being self-conscious of my physique, this hasn’t helped whatsoever. I’m just now getting the opportunity to get my drivers license, and have to invest a good chunk money and time to fix my car.
I resorted to taking an Uber to a local gym and finally got to train a week ago, but the harsh reality set in that I can’t afford a $40+ gym membership along with $15+ a day worth of rides to get me back and forth to the gym at this point right now. The feeling of finally getting under the squat rack immediately made me happy again, but it was short lived.
At a minimum I’ll be out of the gym another 2-3 months, and I’m just having a hard time coping with not having my only form of anti-depressant. Literally has been driving me insane.
So T-Nation, what can I do to combat this point in my life where my passion has to be on the back burner for a while? I’d like to hear some stories of how you guys dealt with limited gym access, time off from injury, depression from time off from the gym, etc. Thanks!
TL;DR - I can’t make it to the gym, life sucks, being out of the gym has me depressed, how did you guys cope with this?