My Four Depression Remedies
It’s hard. I know. The world sucks most of the time. If you’re like me, you barely get paid enough to live, you struggle to find meaning in the monotony of everyday life, and you still aren’t the biggest fan of green vegetables. Staying alive has the habit of either making you hurt or making you numb, and that sucks. But next time you get depressed, think about these things in this order:
- Food - Food is delicious, isn’t it? Did you know that you can go to a grocery store and buy whatever you want? You can be sitting at home, hungry and sad, and then you can google your FAVORITE dish, go to the store, buy the ingredients, and make it to your exact specifications. And then you can eat as much of it as you want! “But oh no, I might get fat (fatter), and then I’d just be more depressed!” NO. We have these bodies to enjoy these bodies. Don’t divide that recipe for four into a recipe for one—that is what makes people sad—no one ever got sad from eating another delicious homemade, slow-roasted pulled pork sandwich.
- Exercise - Eat whatever you want, but don’t forget that we have these bodies and that using them makes us feel good. I always forget, but then I exercise, and I suddenly remember. I spend a few days lost, a few days not knowing who I am anymore, then I go to the gym, and suddenly I can feel my limbs again, I can feel my muscles, I can feel the blood pumping through me and keeping me alive. The lag from the high-ping of everyday life is shortened, and I can feel my body responding to me. I’m not so alone, even when I’m alone.
- Movies, video games, music - Yeah, life sucks, so why not live someone else’s life for a few hours? Be transported away to a magical world, shoot some aliens in the face with a space shotgun, listen to a dead guy crone on about a life that’s worse than yours. Maybe HD doesn’t stand for High-Definition, but instead Happy Depression. It’s an oasis of variety in the desert of sameness that’s your own life. And as soon as that HD stops working? Start making your own movies, your own video games, your own music, and your own art. Your desert can be another dude’s oasis, and maybe they’ll let you have a cold drink sometime in return.
- Squirrels. Squirrels are rad, you guys. Find a video or a picture of a squirrel just chillin’, and try and still be sad, you guys. You can’t. Squirrels are rad.
This is the best and something I really needed to read just then