Category Archives: Mental Health

How to Be Healthy — In the Order of What’s Most Likely to Kill You

How to be healthy in America: in order of what’s most likely to kill you if you don’t have it

  1. Sleep
  2. Water
  3. Food
  4. Exercise
  5. Emotional Health: friends/family/etc. Have Social Skills
  6. Intelligence/Challenges
  7. Financial Health
  8. Ability to do All of the above well
  9. Have purpose
  10. Help others

This is the same list of steps one takes to Get Out of Depression (more detailed explanations of each one in the linked article)

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Tradeoff Decisions – Depression

A lot of depression often arises from the never ending stream of tradeoff decisions that comes with life. Some people are depressed by the fact that you cannot have everything you want, they are depressed by their limitations.  Others accept the fact that they have limitations but are depressed at the option they are giving up when they make a decision to spend their limited time on one activity (like a movie) and miss out on another (like bowling).

Unfortunately, there exist contradictions within reality which you cannot overcome, and all you can do is come to terms with them.  To come to terms with them:

Overcome Perfectionism to let go the Denial of reality (let go the denial of not being to have all you want) according to the Life Education Curriculum.  Then, now that you accept an imperfect reality, which is the only true reality we share, use the lessons in Self Improvement Part 2: Planning to maximize what you want given your constraints.  As for overcoming the feelings of regret, refocus your attention on the present reality that you are living rather than the imaginary world you are deluding yourself with and appreciate the reality that you have and what you have in that reality.

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For Depression

  • Getting Out of Depression
  • Tradeoff Decisions – Depression
  • Health Checklist: I Feel Bad What Should I do?
  • Bill Murray on Suicide - Youtube   In this video, Bill Murray recounts how when he was starting out in his career as a comedian he performed so poorly on stage that he walked off the stage depressed and suicidal, and how he ended up being inspired by the painting “The Song of the Lark” to continue living because in that painting there is a woman working in a field and there’s a sunrise behind her.  ”Look it there’s a girl who doesn’t have a lot of prospects, but the sun’s coming up anyway. And she’s got another chance at it….it gave me some kind of feeling that I too am a person and can get another chance every day the sun comes up”

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