Whiskey, Wellness, and Wisdom

with Matthew Bachman

Mental illness is that bright pink elephant in the room that nobody wants to talk about. We live in a world where it’s more socially acceptable to talk about water boarding someone than it is to discuss the mental illness that would cause one to want to do such a thing. There’s huge stigma to the term mental illness and because of this, there’s a lot of people in the world that are afraid to seek treatment. Mood disorders, such as depression, are the second most common disorder in the US with Anxiety in the number one spot. The following round-up are tested and proven ways to beat the shit out of depression and many other mood disorders.

5. Diet

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Put the potato chips away . . . and the soft drink. Are you familiar with the phrase “you are what you eat?” Of course you are. In fact, that’s the common comeback for a guy to say in response to being called a “pussy.” We live in a capitalist society which is both a blessing and a curse. Capitalism has been proving to be the lesser of the three evils, but what unfortunately comes with it is our brains become conditioned through endless advertising campaigns to want things we don’t need. Why are you drinking that soda? Because it tastes good, right? I’ll agree with you there. What nutritional val-

You know, I’ll just spell it out out for you people because giving out boring facts never works! You drink it because it tastes good and you don’t give a damn if it’s good for you. The only thirst you’re truly quenching is your depression and then guess what happens? You look for other ways to instantly gratify yourself, and 9 times out of 10, the advertising campaigns have you convinced that you can buy happiness on store shelves!

4. Exercise

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You all knew that this was coming. Exercise is dieting’s healthier and sexier cousin. Most people out there have 3 big excuses when it comes to not working out: can’t find the time, don’t know where to begin, or they just flat out admit that they’re too lazy. Seriously, put that potato chip down and pump out some push-ups. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

The fact is, only one of those 3 excuses has any truth to it. It’s not that difficult to dedicate 20 minutes of your day to a quick workout routine. As for not knowing where to begin, that’s just the most laughable excuse I’ve heard. If you’re reading this, then you obviously have access to google in one form or another. Look it up! Quit being lazy and take control of your life. Working out will make you look and feel better about yourself. It’s fucking science!

3. Talk to Someone

Even the most isolated individual has at least that one good person who will lend them their ear. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you’re burdening them with your problems. Let out your feelings. Don’t be afraid to cry regardless of your sex. Talking to the right person can do wonders.

2. Do What You Were Put on this Earth to Do

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This can be the most difficult one to work on. Everywhere and everywhen we have people telling us what is we should be doing with our lives and it’s very easy to fall prey to those who haven’t followed their dreams and probably never will. They want us down on their level, so they tell us that because they gave up on their dream long ago to face “reality,” that we should do the same. Well, in my opinion you can kindly tell these people to fuck off. If you have a dream, work on it! We’re all good at something and in most cases that one thing that we’re great at is closely connected to our dream. Dreams are blueprints encoded into our dna to make the world a better place, don’t burn yours!

1. Take Your Prescribed Medications

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There’s no shame in needing to take medication to stabilize those pesky chemicals in our brain. A lot more people than you realize are on anti-depressants, anxiety medications, or both. This is not going to be a one stop solution and in fact is best to be used complimentary to the other four methods I described above to stabilize your mood.

Unfortunately, what happens a lot of times is people use take their medications and after a few months of feeling better, think that they don’t need to take them anymore and go off them. This is flawed thinking and your mental health is not something you want to play around with. If your meds are helping you to feel better and be a functional member of society, then keep taking them. If they aren’t working, then see your doctor to get another medication prescribed to you. There is no “1 pill to rule them all”, different people require different medications and it can take some time to find the right one with the proper dosage. Don’t give after just 1 or 2 failed attempts.

A lot of people with mood disorders often contemplate suicide. This is where your knew life begins. You can either have the life that you want or you can end it all with the hope that when you take that dirt nap, you disappear into oblivion. The fact is we don’t know what happens to us when we die. There’s some great theories, but there is nothing concrete. What I do know is that you can make your dreams a reality. It’ll take a lot of hard work – a considerable amount in comparison to offing yourself – but it’s worth it. It all starts with that simple motivation to beat the cancer that has infected your soul.

Put that potato chip bag down!

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