Watching Too-Cute Sloth Videos For Depression?
Our friend had a rough winter. Although the depression that she had in her teens and twenties didn’t stage a full-on comeback, she did suffer a tragedy and had to move back to the U.S. from overseas to deal with a complicated legal issue and the break-up of her marriage. Before she moved back, she spent most of her time out of doors leading well-attended historical tours in the family business, and rarely, if ever, “hung out online.”
Now, on a much tighter budget than she’s used to, she finds herself self-medicating with…cute animal videos.
She says “If you feel you can’t go on, watching a sloth getting bath or a puppy playing the piano just helps me gain perspective.”
She sounds a bit tongue-in-cheek, but she’s serious. Now, when her seven year old daughter sees a pensive frown on mommy’s face, she asks her to watch some animal videos together.
If a visit from a therapy animal isn’t in your near future, why not try an animal documentary as a way to connect with pets or nature?
*If sloths aren’t your thing, perhaps Chato Stewart can convince you to try equine therapy.
& C.R. Zwolinski, R. (2015). Watching Too-Cute Sloth Videos For Depression?. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 21, 2017, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/therapy-soup/2015/04/watching-too-cute-sloth-videos-for-depression/