It’s kind of sad how you have SO many people today who cripple themselves because of some sad feelings here and there. Despondent, they believe that there is no cure for depression.
And they’d be right. Being depressed is part of the human condition NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE.
There is literally not a single human being on this planet who does not get depressed from time to time.
The different between the ones who throw up their hands and give up and the ones who don’t is simple: some people choose to work anyway, and some people believe that unless they feel happy all the time, that life isn’t worth living.
The cure for depression in 3 simple steps
Before we dive into the Yalla Papi Official Broscience-Approved Cure For Depression (YPOBACFD for short), let’s just restate the obvious: everyone is depressed.
Everyone literally feels bad ALL THE TIME.
Not just you. Not just your weird emo goth friend. Not just your fat sister who is reposts Tumblr memes.
Literally every single human being on the planet feels bad almost every minute of every single day. In every country. Everywhere.
Hopefully I’ve made that clear enough.
HOWEVER – there is a difference between that background feeling of “not enough-ness” that can lead to sad feelings and the feeling of an imaginary heavy blanket pressing down on you from above.
Aside from drugs like ecstasy and Xanax, there is no cure for the former. And even then it’s only temporary.
The latter is solved more easily in 3 simple steps.
Step 1: Cure your depression by eating a healthy diet
Now now, I know what you’re thinking: “This Yalla Papi guy says some weird stuff. But he seriously thinks that the cure for depression is something as simple as changing your diet? What a retard!”
Look, I’ll tell you the truth: every time I hear someone talk about how they’re depressed, I know for a fact that their diet is bad. And by bad, I mean they’re not eating nutrient-dense foods like meat (preferably raw) and other animal products.
Do you realize how EASY it is to be depressed when you’re eating fast food, slurping down cola, and “treating yourself” to unhealthy sugar-filled desserts?
You think you’re making yourself happier, but you’re not. The momentary spike in dopamine comes at a cost.
For one thing, you’re getting fatter by the minute from the resulting insulin spike. Being fat is going to make you hate your body every second of every day. You’re going to have trouble with physical tasks, hate looking at yourself in the mirror, and be embarrassed around fit people.
But more than that, the resulting dopamine spike comes at a cost. What goes up must come down.
I know it’s tempting to think that the natural chemicals our body produces are accounted for and that no “hangover” exists from smashing your feel-good buttons relentlessly, but it’s simply not true.
To get off on a tangent, I believe this is one of the reasons the NoFap movement has picked up so much steam in recent years.
I don’t believe that watching porn in and of itself is inherently bad (although it can result in a lot of wasted time). It’s the fact that when you masturbate and have an orgasm – the 5 seconds of intense orgasmic pleasure releases lots of feel-good chemicals in your brain that will leave you with a “hangover” for a few hours (or possibly even days) afterwards.
If you want to get scientific about it, jerking off also releases hormones like prolactin that lower testosterone, make you hungry and sleepy, and just in general remove all desire for you to do anything other than order pizza and watch Netflix. Which, again, are not in and of themselves bad things. But when you combine all of them together you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
Bringing it back, when you eat 80-90% of your calories from nutritious foods that existed 2000 years ago, not only does the satiety you experience PREVENT junk food binges, but the resulting “lightness” that you feel improves all other areas of your life indirectly.
I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again: I feel best when eating raw muscle meat with a little raw liver thrown in for fun. Not because it sounds cool to say I do that, but because I’ve tried every damn healthy food combination on the planet and those are the ones that make me feel the best.
Sure, they may not taste so great (although I do love hot sauce), but I would rather feel good for 23 hours a day and eat raw meat than feel like garbage for 23 hours a day and eat unhealthy food.
Step 2: Endorphin-release from exercise can cure your depression too, you lazy blob
Every day I count my lucky stars that my mom spent her 20s and 30s in the gym with a bunch of bodybuilders. Without that, I don’t think I would have grown up on healthy food or seen the inside of a gym.
How would I have known?
I can quote science at you all day about how exercising can cure your depression, but how about this: why don’t you just go TRY it?
I’m sick of people saying, “WHERE’S THE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE FOR THAT NYEH NYEH NYEH?”
There is plenty of evidence that shows that, but really when people say things like that they’re just looking for an excuse to not do it. I think deep down everyone knows that exercise and a healthy diet will do wonders to cure their depression.
I mean, I suppose it’s possible that there are people out there who somehow don’t know that’s true. I feel bad for those people.
I can tell you just from experience that when I exercise with someone, I can notice a marked difference in their facial expressions and energy levels before and after they train. Working out releases endorphins that make you feel good during and after your workout. End of story.
In fact, if working out DIDN’T make you feel good, I doubt people would do it.
Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that one of the MAIN benefits of exercising is that it just makes you feel good.
Yes, you can stare off into space and think about the poor life choices you made that got you in whatever mess you’re in currently, but while you’re actually doing those sets you feel absolutely amazing.
Or even if you don’t feel amazing, at the very least you’re not thinking about it. Then before you know it, an hour has passed and you don’t even remember what you were upset about.
Yoga in LA – the ultimate cure for depression?
Arguably one of the most effective treatments for depression is yoga.
If you think that yoga is just sitting quietly and breathing deeply, you should head to LA and do the classes at the West LA Equinox.
Practically speaking, here’s why yoga is an incredible workout:
- You’re surrounded by attractive women
- You stretch muscles that are rarely stretched
- You train muscles that are rarely trained
- You take deep breaths for an hour or more (very calming)
- You feel high when you’re done and the high lasts for several hours
- It builds flexibility
- If you have a good teacher, you sweat like a beeyotch (and not because it’s “hot yoga” – because you work your butt off)
I did yoga 6 days a week for the better part of a year and let me tell you, I don’t think I’ve ever been more spiritually satisfied than I was during that time. Yes, my life was in shambles. And yes, I probably should have made drastic life changes before I did.
But that daily yoga class was the light in my life. It was the only thing keeping me going during that dark period that I may or may not be overdramatizing in this article.
It’s hard for me to explain why yoga is superior to standard workouts, but I would say a lot of it has to do with breathing.
Most of us just breathe instinctively without putting much thought into it. But in yoga, you are supposed to breathe in during certain movements and breathe out during others.
This forces you to “focus on your breath” as I’m sure you’ve heard before. But what this ACTUALLY means is that you just need to make sure you’re inhaling and exhaling at the right times.
Not only does this force you to think about your breathing (instead of your sad life), but the increased oxygen flow to your brain gets you higher than a mofo.
If you have a gym membership that has yoga classes, hang out by the exit of the studio right when the class ends. Look at the faces of the people who walk out of the studio. Notice how they look high as a kite, maybe exchange one or two pleasant words to each other, barely able to speak from their rapid adjustment from the blissful yoga studio to the harshness of the well-lit real world.
Bottom line: they feel good because yoga makes you feel good. Try it.
If you don’t want to try it, then just do SOMETHING. Literally anything.
In fact, I’ll even go as far as to say that if you don’t have a gym membership, then you don’t have a right to talk about being depressed.
Join a gym, start eating healthy, and THEN if you’re still depressed you can complain.
Step 3: Working on your legacy is the ultimate cure for depression
There’s a reason why boomers look disdainfully at the younger generation who doesn’t want to do anything because nothing appeals to them. I guess it’s a little ironic that I’m about to make this point since, even though I’m pushing boomer age myself, I’m still part of that younger generation.
Adding to the irony is the fact that I myself CAN’T bring myself to induce self-slavery and work at a job I have no emotional investment in. I just can’t do it. I would feel – get ready for it – DEPRESSED.
However, you have to understand that just because you don’t want to get a job selling Mongolian roofing tile or doing logistics for an industrial washing machine company DOES NOT mean that hard work should be ruled out entirely.
- You cannot NOT (notice the double negative) be depressed without working on something.
- In other words, if you are not working on something, you WILL be depressed.
- Depression and hard work cannot exist in the same space at the same time.
In fact, if you think about depressed people, what do you think of? Are these hard working people normally?
Sure, I guess you could make the argument that there are a lot of depressed students who kill themselves because they are sick of spending 14 hours a day studying.
But my definition of “hard work” is not reading books and taking notes. I’m not saying that doesn’t require effort, of course it does.
But I believe that hard work MUST involve some kind of creativity, some kind of artistic flair that you can point to proudly afterwards and say to yourself (or other people), “I made that.”
To get off on a tangent briefly, this is why I’m such a massive fan of creating content. Remember how I said that one of the reasons I like to work out so much is because the resulting release of endorphins makes me feel like a million bucks?
The same thing is true for creating content.
I know that no matter what I have going on in my life at the moment, if I spent that day creating a piece of content, then the day was well-spent.
And in my opinion, the longer and more beautiful the piece of content, the happier I feel with myself.
At the time of this writing, this blog is still fairly new. But in just over a week I’ve added more words to this site than most people have on their 5 year old sites.
Yes, I’m bragging, but it’s the same as bragging about being fit – it’s not really bragging if you understand the motivation behind it.
Much like fitness, I know that if I DON’T work on my legacy by producing this work THEN I’ll be a depressed sack of you know what.
Furthermore, if you think about depressed people that you know, what do most of them spend their time doing?
I’d bet you a million dollars that people who claim to “struggle with depression” spend their time in the pursuit of leisure. Netflix, YouTube, drugs and alcohol, porn.. you name it. That is the Depression Starter Pack.
And again, maybe it’s not fair for me to be too hard on these people. It’s possible that they just don’t understand the connection between these things and their supposed “medical condition.” Maybe they think that they “should” be happy for no reason, just like everyone else seems to be.
Which brings me to my next point…
There is no cure for depression because it is part of the human condition
This point may be hard to swallow for a lot of people, but you have to understand that there is NO CURE FOR DEPRESSION.
Now I know what you’re thinking: “But Papi, I already know that! The medical community told me so! They said I have an excuse to be a fat loser who watches YouTube all day and does nothing with his life!”
And that’s where we differ.
Yes, I am saying that there is no cure for depression as you understand it, no real long-lasting antidote to those icky feelings that threaten to overwhelm you 24/7.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: “Every truth is but a half truth.” And unpopular as it might sound to the virtue-signaling keyboard-warriors out there, there are also good things about this perpetual unhappiness that we all feel all the time.
For one thing, you can thank “depression” for the beautiful world we live in today. Modern civilization is a product of people just like you who, unsatisfied with the way things were, decided to do something about it and invent, improve or otherwise change the world around them.
And that’s the key difference here: despite their feelings, some people decide to take action and DO SOMETHING instead of lying in bed like crack addicts and complaining about how unfair the world was.
You think the world wasn’t unfair back then? You think those people had it any better than you do? Bruh if you were alive even 100 years ago you’d have run the risk of dying from diseases that don’t even exist anymore today.
Ever heard of World War Two? The Civil War? Haven’t you noticed how large-scale conflicts don’t happen any more today?
Yes, there are still parts of the world that are messed up, but if you can honestly say that being alive back then was somehow “better” than being alive today… I don’t know what to tell you. You’re just wrong.
Going one step further, if you have a smartphone, you have access to more advanced technology than billion dollar companies had less than 20 years ago.
Regardless of what you THINK you know about the world, I would encourage you to change your beliefs about what’s possible in life.
If you can scrape together $600 for a smartphone, you are limited only by your own creativity. You have Google. You can learn anything you want. You can learn languages, you can work online and improve your financial situation, you can create content and get famous on social media or in your niche.
The world really is your oyster.
The only question is: are you prepared to do the work?
Your cure for depression is extending your timeline
Which brings me to my final point: you aren’t depressed because of some chemical imbalance in your mind, because the government is racist against your people, or because you don’t have enough money to afford .
You are depressed because you are focused almost exclusively on short term gain instead of long term gain.
You want to feel good NOW. You want to be happy NOW. You want results NOW.
And if you don’t have them, straight to the internet you go in search of them.
And look, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t guilty of this too.
I’m not saying that I’m some perfect human being who doesn’t use any of his time for leisure activities.
Of course I do. Every single day.
BUT – the difference between me and “depressed” people is that I make sure to handle the three areas I listed above to such a degree that I feel like I’ve EARNED the leisure time.
You’re welcome to set your own definitions for what you consider “enough.”
At the time of this writing, I personally feel that as long as I’ve written an article for this blog, an email for my drip campaign, exercised, and maybe recorded a few YouTube videos that I have earned some time to chat with friends, stare at the wall, or watch cat videos on my computer.
But that’s me, not you. Maybe for you it’s something else. And despite the fact that I’m over here “bragging” about all the content I create and how I exercise all the time, don’t ONLY compare yourself to me.
You have to start somewhere. I didn’t start out writing 4000 words a day and doing all this other stuff.
I mean, I knew I always had the potential, but I had to work up to it. It took time until I found my groove, and then from there I had to solidify my routine into something that became as automatic as brushing my teeth.
Which brings me back to my original point: you have to extend your timeline far enough into the future that you begin to focus on the payoff six months from now, one year from now, five years from now.
Because look, if you think you’re “depressed” by the traditional definition of the word, then the simplest solution is to simply pick a goal that is literally impossible to accomplish in less than six months and start working towards it.
I talked earlier about that dark period of my life when yoga was all I had. During that time period I stumbled upon a book called Be Obsessed Or Be Average by Grant Cardone. It’s an excellent book and well worth a listen (the audiobook is very entertaining), but I’ll break it down for you right now so you can understand the point:
You have to assume that the amount of work required to get what you want – no matter what it is – is SO MUCH MORE than you can possibly understand that you have no choice but to obsessively work on it for 16 hours a day if you want to have any chance of success.
In other words, it’s going to take 100x more work to achieve something than you think.
There are two possible reactions to this concept:
- Becoming despondent and thinking, “Forget that noise. I want results now!”
- Relaxing into the understanding that your horizon is so far off in the distance that you can enjoy the process of arriving at your destination
Thank GOD I fell into the second category, because I was stuck in the first for SO LONG that it paralyzed me and I didn’t want to do ANYTHING that wouldn’t pay off immediately.
I would wake up, drive for Uber (fast money, aka an immediate result), go to yoga class (another immediate result: getting high), come home and play video games (yet another immediate result) and then repeat the entire process day after day.
Once I listened to this book and The 10x Rule (his other book) several times, I eventually got the balls to extract myself from my situation and move to Australia to open a business.
That’s a story for another time, but the point is that I chose to leave my world of immediate feedback and take a chance on something that would have a MUCH BIGGER payoff, albeit several months down the line.
Needless to say it was the right choice. I can’t imagine what would have happened if I had stayed in LA. I don’t know what I would have done.
Wrapping it up – a plan to find a cure for your depression
The point is this: you need to understand that you are depressed because you are EXCLUSIVELY looking for short term dopamine spikes and forgoing everything else.
The previous sections are nothing more than practical ways for you to absolve yourself of the need to “be happy right now.”
Ironically enough, those three things I listed above will actually make you happy in the short term.
I feel immediate, physical, visceral pleasure when I exercise. And not only is the pleasure something I feel in my body, but it’s actually giving me a favorable long term result that will improve other areas of my life.
The same goes for eating healthy food.
As gross as it may sound to you, I am SO HAPPY when I dig into some raw meat. I know that I am giving my body what it needs not only to survive, but to thrive under the increased demands of resistance training. It may be placebo, but I feel at peace when I eat raw meat.
I feel like I don’t need anything else, that I am truly satisfied with what I have.
And isn’t that what you’re looking for? It’s not so much that you want to “be happy” is it? It’s more that you just don’t want to feel like death anymore.
Well what the heck do you think is going to happen if you eat like an off-season lineman and don’t exercise? Honestly, I don’t understand how people expect to be happy when they treat themselves like absolute dog doodoo. It’s physically impossible to be happy if you aren’t healthy.
And finally, when I put in work on something that I know will last long after I’m dead, I am happy.
It will probably take me 3 hours to create this article from start to finish. Two hours to write and maybe an hour to format.
But it will literally last until the end of time.
I don’t know how many people will ever read it in the future, but I believe that it’s good enough to stand the test of time. I believe that it’s worth something.
Most importantly though, I believe that it’s just one piece in a much bigger puzzle that will take me at least a year to complete.
One paragraph is nothing, but 100 of them make an article.
One article is nothing, but 100 of them make an info site.
100 articles are nothing, but 1000 and I’m in the top 0.0001% in my niche. And what’s 1000 articles? 3 years of 3 hours a day?
To be set for life from the Google Guice alone? I’ll take it.
Maybe you’re thinking you can’t do it, that you don’t have the time, the energy, or that you don’t want to give up your six hour Netflix binges because they’re the only things that give you any joy in life
And you know what? I can relate.
When I was in my he-has-so-much-potential-but-he’s-still-a-broke-loser yoga phase, I was sad to move to Australia because I knew it meant I wouldn’t be able to play Dota for 6 hours every night. And even though it left me drained, depressed, and feeling like I was wasting my life – I loved playing that game.
But that’s the ultimate contradiction: to get what you want right now, you have to give up what means the most to you right now. You have to be willing to release whatever it is you’re holding onto for dear life in order to grab onto something else.
I have stuff like this too in my life.
Just like you, I am miserable.
Just like you, I fantasize about “someday” in “the future” when I’ll pull the trigger and give up my current way of life in favor of an ultimately more satisfying group of activities.
But just like you – just like everyone on the planet – I’m scared to make the move.
I have my little pleasures, the little things I am afraid to let go of because they’re the few things in my life that rescue me from the Harry Potter-esque evil spirits that threaten to reduce the remaining brief time I have on this planet to blubbering misery.
And honestly, I don’t know if I’ll ever do it.
I like to think that I will. I even make plans about it, write long articles about it, make videos about it and publish them on YouTube.
But that’s like you buying a gym membership and throwing away your unhealthy food – it doesn’t mean anything. The only thing that matters is choosing new habits and grinding away at them until they become your new normal.
Will I ever do it? I don’t know. But at least I know that it’s literally impossible to move forward any other way.