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Topic: Netflix Beginning to Make Depression Worse

4 posts, 0 answered
  1. Nad73
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    19 July 2020

    Hi

    Just wondering if what was once a good distraction from the new normal of Covid Iso (Netflix) is now becoming a trigger to worsen depression at times. Watching shows reminds me of everything we used to enjoy. Little things that I didn't even think about until they popped up on a show. I never would have given any of it a second thought viewing a program before. Is anyone else experiencing this?

    It was one good way of distraction before. Now I am occupying my time with online puzzles more and looking for part time work. Anything to keep busy. Very lonely and helpless feelings a lot of the time.

  2. Croix
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    19 July 2020 in reply to Nad73

    Dear Nad73~

    I think it is not surprising you are not finding streaming services entertain without a downside.

    First they are all passive -you sit and do not contribute, as you would in a conversation with someone else, plus there is no exercise at all.

    They have their content chosen by business executives, with a view to what has been popular in the past (under different circumstances) and are only learning what is popular now.

    You are also right to do things you put more of yourself into, looking for part time work (have you considered volunteering?) and puzzles.

    Can I suggest you have a look at the thread

    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/staying-well/how-to-take-practical-advantage-of-isolation

    In among all the story telling and other stuff are some pretty good ideas.

    Tell me what you think

    Croix

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  3. Nad73
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    19 July 2020 in reply to Croix

    Hi Croix

    Thanks for your reply. Yes I have been learning the piano which I have found therapeutic. I also dance but have not been able to adjust to doing it on Zoom. I have two teenagers who are high level dancers and one of them had a very bad injury dancing at home about a month ago and that has put me off too I think.

    I do take walks but the loneliness is difficult and the longer this goes on in Melbourne the harder it is I am finding to divert myself from sad thoughts.

    It doesn't help that I feel alone here even though I am with my husband and kids. (My husband and I have gone to a platonic level in the past couple of months though as we were fighting a lot and it was the only way for us to function and we both agreed on that).

    My other relatives are all in Perth. They really don't get how difficult it has been in Melbourne even when I try and explain a lot of it to them. They try to be supportive but they don't really understand what they haven't experienced. The millisecond they were in lockdown was like a novelty to them and then everything returned to normal very quickly.

    Usually I am a very strong and upbeat person trying to hold everyone else up and support my family. Interestingly although my first craving is for lockdown to end so I can return to my busy, active and more socially connected life, I am also eager for change as I think this isolation experience has also brought forward an inevitable change that I think is coming which has been realised and accelerated through the isolation experience. I need more of my old strength and spark to be able to make that happen in the best way possible moving forward.

  4. Croix
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    19 July 2020 in reply to Nad73

    Dear Nad73~

    Thank you for coming back, and no, I'd not try dancing in an inappropriate area, the body is too precious to risk.

    I had a though - which you may have already. When walking , or doing something else of similar nature (my exercises -yuck). I use earbuds/headphones and listen to ether podcasts from the ABC or a book series.

    Actually this latter is actually an enticement to walk or whatever. I'm currently listening to the Earth's Children by Jean M. Auel, which should be good for a few kilometers.

    Croix

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