HOPE CHANGES EVERYTHING: The Thai Rehab that Turned My (and Pete Doherty's!) Disastrous Goddamn Life Around!
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It’s really easy to fall into your own pity party. Recently, a combination of breakups, cheating rumors and a dent in my new car resulted stay-in-bed-all-day-and-cry type of depression that was seemingly impossible to shake. But since I’m an “adult” with “responsibilities” I was forced to leave the comfort of my mattress and face the cruel world.
For the past few weeks, I’ve barely qualified as a contributing member of society. My self-esteem was at an all time low, and all of my goals seemed completely out of my reach. Simply put, I was really bummed.
Finally, I reached that point that I think everyone reaches, where you’re just over being sad. You haven’t necessarily worked through all your emotions, and maybe you’re nowhere near okay, but you’re done walking around with a storm cloud over your head.
When this happens, it’s a little overwhelming. I mean, we’ve been living this sad little life for what feels like forever now. Getting back into a good gym routine or even just remembering to brush your hair can feel like the most impossible task. We want our lives to change for the positive, but there are really no set-in-stone ways to do so. How do you even begin to change things?
Throughout my own experiences with depression, I found that the first step for positive change is to surround yourself with good. Your mind alone is battlefield, and can be easily infiltrated by negativity. The current atmosphere you’re putting yourself in could be causing a full-on war in your head. Watching violent TV shows, listening to sad music and hanging out with a group of Debbie Downers may not seem like a big deal, but if you’re surrounding yourself with negativity, that’s all you’re going to feel.
My challenge for you is to consciously factor positive things into your everyday life. Instead of watching Law and Order (I know it’s super hard to get out of that binge), put on a few motivational TED Talks. Instead of hanging out with people that you know are going to bring you down, look for more positive connections (or just hang out alone and watch some good girl comic stand-up, like Amy Schumer). Instead of crying and listening to Sara McLachlan on your daily commute, put on one of the thousands of free, motivational podcasts.
I may not be there to fill-in as your shoulder to cry on, — and believe me, I’d love to — but I can help you chose a few podcasts to listen that will get you out of your rut and back into the real world.
What are some of your favorite podcasts?