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Although we are currently experiencing the highest living standards in the history of mankind:

  • Depression rates are constantly rising in the US since the mid-1930s.
  • Approximately 40 million American adults are dealing with anxiety disorder.
  • Over 600,000 children of 5 and under are on some type of psychiatric drug in the US.
Depression and anxiety

According to the existential psychologist, Rollo May:

  • “Depression is the inability to construct a future.”
  • "Anxiety comes from "not being able to know the world you’re in, not being able to orient yourself in your own existence.”

It is a phenomenon discussed by Carl Jung and is characterized by the absurdity and emptiness of our lives, in the absence of any visible clinical symptoms. And it is all related to the "comfort" of the era we live in.
Possible causes: having more time to overthink; the lack of meaning in our lives and the difficulty of finding our true essence; we are disconnected from nature; we look for outside heroes and lack the ability to take responsibility.

Friedrich Nietzsche

"Society tames the wolf into a dog. And man is the most domesticated animal of all."

  1. Let go of the idea of how your life is "supposed to be". Change strategy, even it means you have to face the unknown.
  2. Embrace your struggles and use them as a fuel for your new life.
  3. Stop the autopilot mode and be aware and present in every action you are doing.
  4. Be smart about your finances. Also, invest more in experiences and less in material things.
  5. Reconnect with nature.
Jean-Paul Sartre

“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.”

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  • External improvement: Money, fitness, credentials, status, friends, etc. 
  • Self-improvement: Habits, thought patterns, confidence, beliefs, learned skills and behaviors.
You can improve your external situation without improving yourself, but that tends to result from luck and circumstances you can’t control.  

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Our culture claims that work is unavoidable and natural. The idea that the world can be freed from work, wholly or in part, has been suppressed for as long as capitalism has existed.

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Spring blues
  • Spring is the time when you least expect to be feeling down, and the contrast between how you’re feeling and what you believe those around you are experiencing can be demoralizing.
  • By April, half of new year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside and that can lead to negativity.
  • Symptoms of depression are more common in individuals dealing with spring allergies.

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