Posted by Diarm (22.214.171.124) on September 24, 2002 at 07:04:45:
In Reply to: extracting yourself from depression.... posted by DQ (126.96.36.199) on September 23, 2002 at 12:32:33:
One thing that works is saving money, no shit.
For a long time, I was spending 100% of my salary every week, but I wasn't becoming any happier than the time I was earning much less money.
So I cut out a lot of the spending, and saved more. Within a few months, I had a nice little nest-egg. No particular plans for it, but it totally changed my attitude to work.
suddenly, I was aware that work was a place that I *chose* to be. Because of my nest-egg, I could quit any time and still pay for rent food etc. Or I could go travelling around the world.
This changed nothing objectively. Work didn't change in any way, but the fact that I had enough in the bank to know I could escape whenever I wanted just made life seem sweeter. I ended up not wanting to escape. You only really desire the things you think you can't have
About 99% of the shit I was buying before I started saving was either way overpriced or worthless. I became happier and wealthier when I made my life simpler.
> There's being depressed (over something) and then there's depression.
> I'm talking the kind of depression where you are unable to motivate to do much of anything at all - lost interest in things you usu. enjoy;
> have difficulty being productive at work.
> Does anyone want to share anything that has been successful (other than or in addition to therapy and/or pharms) to extract yourself from it?
> I'm looking for suggestions. In past experience with this there is no instigating factor. Exercise and proper diet work well, but at the moment I lack the vitality for initiating anything, including these lifestyle changes, that would help. I feel like I'm between a rock and a hard place. I'm taking time off work next week (1st vacation in so very long---no $$ to go away, but at least I'll be away from a toxic work situation); maybe that will contribute to some sort of improvement.
> Thanks for your input.
> Beyond down in the dumps ~ 4w5.
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