Here's Dwayne Johnson's Secret Trick for Fighting Sadness

Yes, it involves hitting the gym.

About a week ago, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson revealed that, in spite of his #blessed life, he too has struggled with depression in the past. And in a new interview with The Extraordinary Xilla on his new movie, Rampage, he shared his current strategy for overcoming the #sads—and it is golden.

"My knee-jerk reaction to sadness is some sort of action," he said. "So I like to go to something. For me, the going to do something, it sounds boring or cliched but it is what it is with me. I gotta hit the gym. I gotta do some physical activity that can let me sweat, and let me grind, and let me get in and that way I can not think about the shit that's making me sad. And in a way I can just energetically get it out." (Sounds a lot like Dennis Quaid's life mantra, which is "Be proactive").

Sometimes, though, you just have to let the sadness just wash over you and pass on.

"Sometimes my own form of therapy is I can stew in the sad a little bit. I put on some music that I know is going to keep the sad train going. I gotta get in it. So I do that."

As odd as it may be to imagine The Rock sitting on his couch, eating ice cream, and crying to Adele, he's sending the important message that no matter how "macho" you are or want to be, it's healthy and important to let your feelings out instead of keeping them bottled up.

So, if you're feeling blue, try hitting the gym, or turning on some emo music and let the Sad Train ride itself out.

If that doesn't work, you might want to try anti-depressants, or take a page from the book of other famous men who have spoken out on how they overcame depression.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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