Much like antidepressants, positivity can be found wherever you need them to be. Mediation can be listening to a podcast with soothing music, or it can be going for a run. The goal of meditation is the same; you want to renew your connection with yourself and the world. The shape of the journey doesn’t really matter.
Poverty and depression walk hand in hand. Surprising though it might seem, it has less to do with living paycheck to paycheck – although that’s rough, too – and more to do with the feeling of hopelessness.
Individualism does, to some extent, correlate with capitalism. The development of consumer culture began to bloom in the eighties, and along side of it has the amount of depressed and anxious increased; chemical antidepressants are prescribed and sold in larger numbers; even digitalisation correlates directly with the same numbers.
We've been told that depression is a result of a malfunctioning brain; that for some reason, some brains aren’t producing the hormones they’re supposed to produce; depression is the result of faults in neurons, of non-existent serotonin. The scientific evidence to back up this claim is selective and narrow.
First, a little disclaimer, or public announcement. Aren't the two basically parallel anyway? The sound of static, white noise on this blog will be broken today. At least, that's what I keep telling myself. "This time will be the good one." Good/last/final/great/best, insert other adjective that tickles your fancy.
Is there an increasing amount of sadness around the world, or are we just getting better at recognizing and labeling tabooed topics and feelings?
And if we are evolving, why is it still so difficult to find help?
A world that's supposedly meant to become easier to use and navigate is instead filled up with completely alien issues and topics. There is so much going on all the time, and we're constantly taking in more information, more options, more suggestions.
Is procrastination just a way for our brains to protect themselves from the intense stream of information and options we feed ourselves every day?