Rehabilitating penguins wearing sweaters
i’m self conscious about my existential crises
its different for everyone i guess
This is so perfect. Thank you.
…this is just so…
so spot on.
Let me just be straight up and say that this is the tightest shit my ears have ever had the pleasure to experience.
More mash ups: music tag
HOW CAN WE BE HAPPY ?
Once a group of 50 people was attending a seminar.
Suddenly the speaker stopped and decided to do a group activity. He started giving each one a balloon. Each one was asked to write his/her name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room.
Now these delegates were let in that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written, within 5 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos.
At the end of 5 minutes no one could find their own balloon.
Now each one was asked to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it.
Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.
The speaker began— exactly this is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is.
Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness.
And this is the purpose of human life.
Okay, I just!!!!!! I love you all, and it’s both amazing and awful that so many people can relate to this. I don’t want you all to be hurting. Recovery is scary, you put lots of effort into feeling *not depressed* and then when you reach that goal it’s like ?????? There’s this TED talk by Seligman who is all about Postive Psychology - which is kinda the study of being happy as opposed to not being sad)
So this reblog is in essence a resource dump
If you feel shit, super shit, right absolutely now:
A list of global suicide helplines > if your friends aren’t in the right place themselves to help you, or if you just don’t want to, these people, they will talk, they will listen, they will not judge you. These people are emotionally ready and capable to listen to ANYTHING you will tell them, they are in the right place, they are prepared, you won’t burden them.
Art therapy - (making big scary emotions into comics helps me process them and deal with the better!):
Knowledge is power podcast edition:
University of Oxford: Depression and Mindfulness
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: Covering a whole range of stuff
Knowledge is power infographics edition:
Actually wait here’s a whole load of cool infographics
Knowledge is power self help book edition:
6 books recommended by experts
Books recommended by students
Physical things that be cause/worsen depression:
(I am gluten intolerant and going gluten free was the major breakthrough in my personal recovery)
Is gluten making you depressed?
Gluten free testimonial
Your thyroid can fuck all kinds of shit up
Vitamins that can fuck shit up and where to find them:
Here’s just a strange kinda list of things people have found to help (or not)
B12 can be sneaky (this is the real title I am not joking)
I will never shut up about omega 3 being good
Vitamin D oh god Vitamin D trust me I’ve moved to Iceland and VITAMIN D IS IMPORTANT
Friend I think medication will work for me:
There are about 50bazillion types that all work differently
Talk to your Doctor this is the kind of Doctory thing they do
Friend I do not think medication will work for me:
There’s about 50bazillion types of therapy
I feel you I feel you I also just read too many damn things and then got scared
TOO MANY THINGS
(On a related note, the history of Psychology sure is sketchy isn’t it?
Oh fuck yes it is so bad
You can kinda thank them for Eugenics
Like I’m not joking Nazis were like ‘Oh cool that America sure does have the right idea! and then America was like ‘Oh fuck! Germany is doing Eugenics way better than us why can’t we be that good!’ and it’s kinda weird that so few people know about this???)
SORRY I GOT DISTRACTED
Food and exercise and things can be useful to:
Foods that are yum
A leaflet things about good diet and depression
Food for the brain
How to exercise even if you prefer staying in bed
but realistically if someone says ‘just prepare this fresh and complicated meal and go for a run! That’s why you’re so bad you’re not doing these things!’ when you are so depressed you can’t get out of bed your only exercise should be slapping them in the face
There seems to be a whole bunch
Live life to the full!
I personally just think introspection and trying to figure out stuff is really important (for me anyway)
Like I’m not even being funny, self care self care self care, Look after yourselves!!!!
Erm I can’t really think of anything else right now??
There are literally an absolute fuck ton of ways/therapies/medications (and also causes and reasons(!!)) for depression so my amazing and fantastic people who are fighting this along side me, you are worth it, you are worth asking for help, you are worth being on this world, you are awesome just for surviving even though your own brain(!!!) is working against you!! Recovery is scary, and you second guess it, and you have all kinds of complicated feelings about it, but it is so so sooooo worth it.
Today I walked out of a club to find the Northern Lights hovering above me, I am 1,009 miles away from home, and this time last year I couldn’t even leave my bed. Recovery is strange, and surprising, and suspicious, but oh my god it’s worth it.
RIP Ned Vizzini