Obviously there are people with real depression who require medication to make their lives tolerable. This is an unpopular opinion, but I think most of the “depression” in this country is simply due to people not pursuing the things they’re interested in and not training their minds.
Most of our unhappiness and dissatisfaction could be solved by doing these things:
• Find things you love to do which are difficult, do them all the time, and get better at them. • Meditate. Recognize thoughts as thoughts. Don’t push away negative thoughts. Be open to them and realize that they simply appear. • Exercise. Fucking exercise. You just have to. Do something. 3-5 times a week. You can come up with as many excuses as to why you can’t, but your blood sugar and your beer-belly don’t care about your feelings. • Stop talking and start doing. Taking action is the best way to increase confidence and ability. • Laugh more. Spend time with the people you love. One day, they’ll all be dead.
You don’t have “seasonal depression,” you’re just not living a fulfilling life…and you happen to be cold at the same time.