CGP Grey is a Youtube creator who makes all kinds of videos that straddle the genres of comedy and documentary. He manages to make things like the exact political arrangement of the UK or the ways that different voting structures work really interesting and fun to watch.
Today he put out a video about how to be miserable. It is 7 pieces of advice on how to get yourself on the path to misery and stay there, ensuring that you avoid common pitfalls that might accidentally fix things and make you happy.
We all know the common advice that is tossed around on how to be happy. Get out there, do things, get exercise, sleep well, eat healthy, etc.
Somehow hearing all of these things described in reverse is really powerful. Grey talks about making sure you have a varied sleep schedule, never going to bed at the same time and being sure to wake up in the afternoon sometimes and the morning other times. He discusses setting unrealistic and vague goals that you know you cannot accomplish to be sure you don't accidentally finish them.
I know all this stuff, but somehow having it pitched in reverse was really helpful. I haven't had a good sleep schedule lately and I have been trying to make up for it by napping. It has been a disaster, as waking up at 7:30, getting Pinkie Pie off to school, and then trying to nap at 9:30 has not worked at all and has only led to me being tired all the time.
People saying "Just get a good night's sleep!" has been pointless, but Grey describing how I should vary my sleep schedule a bunch and be random about it, especially avoiding doing the same thing 3 days in a row because that sets a pattern that is easy to stick to got my attention.
Sometimes all you need is for somebody to tell you to do exactly what you are already doing so you can realize how silly it is.