Seasonal depression: What entertainment helps you cope?

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As the days become colder and more gray in New York City, I’m making a concentrated effort to self-medicate against seasonal depression. My first line of defense was my “Summer” playlist, but I found that listening to Keith Urban’s “Somebody Like You” just reminded me that I’m not feeling the “sunshine shinin’ down on me and you.” So last night, I decided to make a new playlist: “Fun country breakup songs.” It acknowledges my mood without letting me wallow in it. These are mid or fast tempo tunes you can sing along/drink to. That’s therapeutic, right? My playlist is below, in case you want to copy it.

How are you using entertainment to cope with seasonal depression? (If I’m at home, near my laptop, and in need of a quick fix, I’ve got multiple Urban guitar solos bookmarked like this one and this one that heat me right up. I’ll also visit Swoonworthy.net — tagline “It’s raining men… hallelujah!” — to check on the Magic Mike countdown clock or revisit this photo from the 30 shots for Taylor Kitsch’s 30th birthday post. Hey, whatever it takes, people. Royal Pains doesn’t return until Jan. 18.) 

My Fun Country Breakup Songs playlist:

• Randy Travis’ “Is It Still Over?”
• Randy Travis’ “Too Gone, Too Long”
• Randy Travis’ “Diggin’ Up Bones”
• George Strait’s “All My Ex’s Live in Texas”
• George Strait’s “Round About Way”
• Dierks Bentley’s “How Am I Doin'”
• Dwight Yoakam’s “Guitars, Cadillacs”
• Dwight Yoakam’s “Close Up the Honky Tonks”
• Del McCoury’s “I Wonder Where You Are Tonight”
• Toby Keith’s “Wish I Didn’t Know Now”
• Toby Keith’s “A Little Too Late”
• Conway Twitty’s “I Don’t Know a Thing About Love
• Billy Currington’s “Love Done Gone”
• Joe Nichols’ “Brokenheartsville”
• Luke Bryan’s “Someone Else Calling You Baby”
• Patty Loveless’ “Blame It On Your Heart”
• Miranda Lambert’s “Baggage Claim”
• Shania Twain’s “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under”
• Jo Dee Messina’s “Bye Bye”
• Willie Nelson’s “Whiskey River”
• Zac Brown Band’s “Whiskey’s Gone”
• Merle Haggard’s “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink”
• Merle Haggard’s “Misery and Gin” (Note: this is as dark as you want to go here)

Your turn!

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