Remember Self-care

By Dylan R.N. Crabb

Happy Friday, people.  It feels good to be productive after a vacation, be it your day job hustle or your side hustle, and I’m in an especially good mood considering I get paid today. 🙂

It’s also easy to get caught up in your hustle which is why it’s important to take some time every day to take care of your self and relieve some stress; working is virtuous but not if you forget to live as well.  Being health conscious includes your mental health as well as physical health (perhaps more so) so remember budget time for yourself to avoid burning out.

Personally, I like putting on some lo-fi music in the evening when I’m unwinding from my day job at Wingstop.  There are several channels to choose from on YouTube but lately, I’ve been tuning in to some synthwave.

 

Stay the course, resist your vices.

Life has a lot of distractions especially in modernity, it can be difficult to stay focused on what is important.  Computers may have worsened our attention spans but they are not going away, so we have to become more disciplined with ourselves regarding how we manage our time amidst all of this technology.  Create a long-term goal for yourself and remind yourself of that goal every day; resist the temptation of your vices and avoid instant gratification.  The best things in life require effort so work for them.

You exist in this world so what are you going to do?

By Dylan R.N. Crabb

When it comes to beating depression, I think “faking it until you make it,” is a decent strategy.  Isolating yourself is the first instinct but that tends to amplify the negative feelings in your fucked up head (speaking from experience here).  It can be beneficial to force yourself into the world to remind yourself of your place in it.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with staying inside on your bad days but, when your bad days stretch out into bad weeks, then you have a problem.  For times like that, it’s good to have at least one friend with whom you can speak, someone you trust completely.

I’ve found it helpful to think about depression, not as a typical disease, but rather as an affliction, a condition for which there is no cure.  Depression is something with which a person must learn to co-exist.  As explained by evolution, you adapt or you die.  Adapt yourself to the circumstances that form around you and exercise your own independence whenever possible.  THAT is the key to “beating” depression – accept the circumstances of your life (which you did not choose from the start) and categorize your life between the positive and the negative, the productive and the detrimental.  Analyze what you have in front of you and use whatever is at your disposal to improve your situation.

Life sucks but you’re alive, so what are you going to do?

Book Review: “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” by Dr. Jordan B. Peterson.

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rational, yet spiritually enlightening; an uplifting self-help book that I recommend to anyone experiencing depression.  Dr. Jordan Peterson is detailed in his psychoanalysis of human personalities and honest about his own perspective regarding religious meanings.  There are specific moments throughout the book when he digresses into religious tangents but they are always in pursuit of objectivity.  Dr. Peterson simply wants to give individuals the ability to understand themselves psychologically and I never felt like he was forcing his own beliefs into my head.  Even atheists can appreciate his approach to spiritual understanding through biblical interpretations.  This book revealed to me a new perspective on the origins of human morality.  It could be incredibly beneficial to read this book in tandem with viewing Dr. Peterson’s biblical lecture series.

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As previously stated, Dr. Peterson makes frequent digressions on the Christian biblical stories in this book.  One can hear his more detailed analyzations of Christian dogma in his biblical lecture series available at his YouTube channel.