Dealing with Depression in 2020
During all this uncertainty in the world going on right now, it is very easy to get down and depressed. I have seen it in myself and I’m lucky enough to be able to go physically into the office 3-4 days a week, but it still isn’t normal.
I miss my carpool, I miss my co-workers, I miss normalcy. The building that I work in usually houses over 300 people and right now, 5-6 people a day are usually in the building. It is almost an eerie type of quiet. Going the whole day without seeing someone has its pluses, but it also has many psychological negatives. I really don’t like it myself and that shocks me because I thought I really would. I like being alone, I thrive being alone, but then I start to miss the company, the company of a person, the company of a pet, something to keep your mind off the quietness, keep your mind off knowing that you are alone. I honestly never thought I would hear myself say this, but I’m starting to miss people and I’m about as anti-people as they come.
Getting through anything with a light at the end of the tunnel is easy. I went through Marine Corps Bootcamp knowing that they can’t kill me and there is a date that I will be out of this place as long as I don’t mess up. But with all this COVID-19 quarantine crap, there really isn’t a light at the end of this tunnel, at least not one that I can see.
So what do I do to keep myself from being too depressed? I’m walking and when I’m not at work, I’m trying to get out and take photos, as photography is something I really like to do. Right now I working on nature, but someday I want to try photography of a person like a model or something, I think that would be fun. I have been working on my computer a bunch and I have been binge-watching a ton of TV shows, which is a topic for another day.
So, if you are getting depressed during all this, get outdoors a little, meet some friends online, smile, and take it one day at a time.