Amy Rees Anderson

“How To Have a Mental Breakdown in 11 Easy Steps”

Amidst having a pity party for myself for my ‘oh, so stressful’ week, I came across an article that was absolutely perfect for kicking me in the behind and knocking some humor back into my pity-party self:

How To Have a Mental Breakdown in 11 Easy Steps     –By Jason Kotecki

Have you ever wondered to yourself, “How can I add more stress to my life?” Of course, we all have. But now, for the first time ever, comes a comprehensive guide to take the guesswork out of getting stressed. Never before has such a thorough, step-by-step guide to your very own mental breakdown been published, be it online or off. If you can master these easy to follow instructions, you too can be the envy of all your friends and find yourself well on your way to a life you’ve only dreamed of!

1. Treat traffic jams exactly as they are: carefully planned and sinister conspiracies designed to keep you from your destination.

2. Pack your day so full that you are not distracted by superficial things like the sunset, the smell of roses, or the toddler smiling at you from across the grocery aisle.

3. Avoid the time wasting activity known as sleep. For best results, try to keep it under four or five hours per night.

4. Take everything seriously because, obviously, it is.

5. Don’t fall into the trap of expecting big, amazing, wonderful things to happen. They probably won’t and you’ll just end up disappointed anyway. And while you’re at it, pat yourself on the back for outgrowing the silly practice of believing in things like Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and God.

6. Make sure you eat most meals either in the car, near the microwave, or from your recliner. If someone invites you to join them for a dinner that is likely to last more than fifteen minutes, respectfully decline.

7. Don’t bother asking questions. You probably know all the answers anyway. If you don’t, just act like you do. And remember, “Because we’ve always done it this way” is a perfectly good answer to a almost every question.

8. You can take some time for yourself, but only if you’ve caught up on all of your work, your e-mail inbox is completely empty, your bills are paid, and your junk mail has all been alphabetically sorted. And the grass has been cut.

9. If someone drags you on some sort of “vacation,” be sure to bring your beeper. Also, figure out the total time you’ll be on said “vacation” and plan things to do and see that will accommodate roughly double or triple that time.

10. Spend most of your waking hours — remember, you should be shooting for about 20 of those a per day — doing things that completely drain you. You know, the stuff you’d never do in a million years if they didn’t pay you such a good salary.

11. If all else fails and you forget the other guidelines, a handy shortcut is to observe a child and do the exact opposite.

As you can see, a complete and utter mental breakdown does not require any extraordinary skills. By following these simple steps, literally anyone can have one. However, a failure to comply with the majority of the steps listed here may result in a life that is less-stressed and more fun and fulfilling. Good luck!

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Yes, the article was the perfect reminder that it is up to me to turn my week around and make it happy :).  I am so glad I figured that out just in time for Friday! YIPEEEE! The weekend is almost here and I, for one, intend to have fun and be more like a kid – happy and carefree with absolutely no idea what it means to prepare a tax return!  Happy weekend to all!

~Amy

5 Comments

  • Bruna Brown says:

    hahaha it made me laugh, thank you!=)

  • Barbara Breen says:

    Hugs your way! Perfect for today 🙂

  • Melissa says:

    I have been feeling a little sorry for myself, as well, lately. I had a moment of clarity when, just after I had been sorting through medical bills (again) I found out a mom from our Moms group lost her husband. He was 35, and sudden illness took him from his family in a matter of days, leaving his wife and 2 small children to make it without him.
    I realized that the medical bills were incurred by the medical care that saved my husband’s life. She will still have to deal with HER medical bills, but now for a husband who is no longer with her.
    It put things into sharp perspective. I am so lucky to have my husband with me still.

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