Preface: Post Series Depression Syndrome (PSDS) (otherwise known as a “Showhole” on those Amazon Prime commercials) can also apply to movies, books, and sagas, of sorts.
**I am not a Doctor, do not take any of my advice seriously. I barely take my advice seriously.**
So you just finished that show/movie series/book series, and you don’t know how to go on. All you want to do is curl up in a ball and cry because that fantasy world you lived in for a while has now disappeared. You feel like life is pointless and nothing could ever make you feel better. All because of some damn fictional characters!
I’m here to help. I spent all of my college years binging TV shows and trying to get over them. I thought I’d learned how to recover. Then I saw Mockingjay Part 2 and I thought my world was ending. Here are the steps I took to recover from my haze. If you follow these steps, I can guarantee that you will recover with 1-3 weeks (I cannot guarantee this).
These are recovery plans that I have tested and approved.
Recovery Plan #1: Binge a Comedy Series
Step #1 (I did this after a certain character died at the end of Game of Thrones this season and I was inconsolable): Push this topic out of your head by binge-watching Parks and Recreation. It works. It really really works. Already seen Parks and Rec? So have I; watch it again. Don’t like Parks and Rec? What’s wrong with you? (Estimated PSTS recovery time: 1 week)
Recovery Plan #2: Complete Immersion
Step 1: Go home, get on Tumblr and search it. Search it like there’s no tomorrow. Laugh over it, cry over it. Stay up way too late. You don’t even care; your body is numb with pain.
Step 2: I bet this TV show/movie has a soundtrack or a score. Download it. Listen to it on repeat. Listen to it until it doesn’t hurt anymore.
Step 3: Go do some physical activity. But make sure you are also still listening to the music. Exercise increases your endorphins which will start to make this sad music seem happy(er). *SCIENCE*
Step 4: Watch the actors in other things. Realize that they have other interesting projects. If their life can go on, so can yours!
Step 5: Are you still listening to the music?
Step 6: If you like to make videos or gifs, or paint or draw, etc. Do it. Put it on Tumblr.
Step 7: You’re in your car driving to work and *that* song comes on. All of the sudden you realize you’re not sad anymore. The complete immersion into the topic allowed for a healthy, cathartic release.
(Estimated PSDS Recovery Time: 2 weeks; 3 weeks for serious cases)
YOU DID IT! CONGRATS. YOU MADE IT THROUGH THE DREADED PSDS (or showhole)
Whatcha gonna watch next? 😉
**This is meant to be facetious. Please don’t misconstrue this fun post as me mocking real depression. It is a serious disease and I respect and empathize with anyone suffering from it. **