LFT STORIES PRESENTS...... Carlos.
Every week we are going to be sharing the stories of those who are already lifting themselves physically and mentally to be better and overcome the daily struggles of life. They will be sharing what has helped them so far to combat their daily hardships, along with giving advice to those who may need it. These are the LFT Stories.
This week we have been speaking with actor, model and performer Carlos.
What do you do for a living?
I’m an actor and performer, also work in marketing.
Have you ever experienced a challenging time in your life, or suffered from a mental health illness? If so, how did you get through it?
I did suffer a really deep depression at some point back in time and been open about it to my friends and family as well as reading, exercise and using fitness and meditation to finding myself help me get off that hole.
Whats one thing do you do most days to keep yourself mentally focused?
I need my time at the gym, my diet may change at time been more or less “fitness”, but long walks in a park to get some fresh air (needed in a city like London) and a good workout is my therapy.
Whats one thing do you do most days to keep physically active?
Try to go to the gym at least 5 days a week, sometimes twice a day if the situation allows it. But I make myself to stay be active, by little things like walking instead of taking public transport when there’s time, taking the stairs instead of the escalators... we focus too much on going for runs and training, and forget about the little things that also add up.
Whats one piece of advice would you give to someone who is going through a challenging time?
Don’t close yourself, find a good friend or the other person in your relationship and be open about it with them. They won’t judge you and will want to help you, and that’s a little light in the darkness you can hold on.
Tell us one fun/interesting/crazy fact about yourself?
I used to be bullied at school for been awkward, overweight and ugly (no need to say that didn’t do much for my self-esteem), and now in my early 30s I pay my bills working as a model, acting, I’m a motivational speaker and I’ve worked in a male variety show which whom I’ve been ripping my clothes on stage while hundreds of women cheered my name (no need to say that little bullied Carlos loved that attention).
Thank you Carlos for opening up and sharing your experiences with mental health. You can follow his journey here - @cabotu.