Yesterday, I happened upon a web page that had a collection of web comics that all dealt with the difficulties of depression. There was a lot of stuff I related to, but there was one quote in item 15, that really resonated with me:
I had simply become bad at the thing I was best at, and it disappointed everyone, especially me.
That’s how I feel right now.
I just watched this TED talk on the effects of stress. The short version? The presenter is showing statistics which argue that the negative effects of stress can be pretty much negated by connecting and sharing with other people. In other words, the negative effects of stress are largely the result of how we deal with the stress. People that seek help from others and people who help others largely don’t experience stress’ negative effects.