“The demon of acedia — also called the noonday demon — is the one that causes the most serious trouble of all…He makes it seem that the sun barely moves, if at all, and…he instills in the heart of the monk a hatred for the place, a hatred for his very life itself.”

…we asked a simple question: “What things have helped you cope and battle your depression?” Here’s what their answers revealed — most of the activities that helped were repetitive tasks that could be done daily or weekly. Things like serving within their community, writing, journaling, yoga, exercise, cleaning, or several other mundane or repetitive activities.

May be relevant to folks who follow me.


22 thoughts on ““The demon of acedia — also called the noonday demon — is the one that causes the most serious trouble of all…He…

  1. Something that’s helped tremendously with my poor mood and depressive symptoms has been using productivity apps to maintain a daily list of tasks. Meditation, weight training, taking my vitamins, writing in my journal, etc. It’s had a noticeable effect.

  2. Daniel Swensen Yup. I think it’s part of the “training yourself to be happy” idea. You follow a regimen that pushes out the thoughts of hopelessness, and end up having accomplished something — even if it’s just doing dishes, etc. — and that feeling of accomplishment is a potent balm.

  3. Yeah, that’s really interesting. I’ve sort of self-diagnosed myself with minor ADD and Depression, but in both cases, they don’t feel quite right. So I’ve been reading about executive dysfunction as maybe relevant and I’ll add this to the list.

  4. Yeah, no, I got that. In fact I already knew that from personal experience. But finding the will to actually DO the things that are good for you is the hard part. Especially when there are so many small seductions in the world convincing you they will give you what you need.

    It’s like pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps, while under assault by an army of Lilliputians.