So, I know this sounds crazy, but there’s always a secret trick I preform when I’m feeling really down. And it pretty much always works.
I’m home right now, and last night when I was watching A Christmas Story, a commercial came on for Tide or Whirlpool or something, and it reminded me about my little depression trick. And then I realized that, somehow, I’ve still never made a post about it!
So, here’s the trick:
When you’re feeling super depressed, and can’t even seem to muster the energy to move…
…put in a load of laundry!
Yep. For Real.
Let me explain: So, when I’m super fucking depressed, I always tell myself that I have enough energy to at least walk down to the laundry machine and throw in a load. My idea is, if laundry is running, then I’m not simply laying in bed, wasting my life away. I’m just waiting for my laundry to come out… obviously.
I’m not doing nothing. I’m doing something.
And then this funny thing happens… Once I stop feeling like I’m doing nothing, and feel like I’m doing something, my mood improves. Even if it’s ever-so-slightly, the idea that my day wasn’t completely wasted makes me feel better about myself.
And then as we know about positive feedback loops, that little improvement can lead to another. Suddenly, I’m like, perhaps after they wash, I’ll put them in the dryer too. And you know, I am a little hungry, maybe I’ll make myself something to eat.
And before you know it, me laying face-down in bed has turned into me folding laundry with the soundtrack to Hamilton blasting in the background.
All because of laundry.
So, the next time you’re feeling like you can’t possibly do a damn thing, remember that putting in a load of laundry takes about 5 minutes. And then you can go straight back to your bed for a whole hour until it’s time to transfer the load to the dryer. But, you get to walk back to your bed feeling like a champion. Cuz you did something. You’ve gone from being a depressive lump to being a productive citizen of this world.
All hail the power of laundry!
And hey, even if your mood doesn’t improve that much, at least you now have clean clothes right? Its motivation AND it’s utilitarian! Glory!
~ The Dark Horse
ps- Anyone else out there got good depression tips you’d like to share?