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The Neopian Times Week 27 > Articles > Neopian Recession Doesn't Have to Equal (Emotional) Depression

Neopian Recession Doesn't Have to Equal (Emotional) Depression

by selfari

Ever since bank interest rates fell, game earnings decreased, and all of the doom saying started, reading The Neopian Times has become quite discouraging. Every week there is some new article advising Neopians on what they should do to ensure their continued survival or protect their hard-earned cash-you'd think the end of the world was nigh! But I'm here to tell you that life during a Neopian recession-if that is indeed what's happening-doesn't have to be depressing and worrisome!

Sure, your pockets may get a little empty at times and business in your shop might not be quite as brisk, but you need to ask yourself: Is that what Neopia is really all about? Did you immigrate to Neopia just to become a millionaire or accumulate the most plushies, PetPets, or Battledome victories of anyone on the planet? Or did you come to live a new and good life with your pets and have a lot of fun? If, as I hope, you came for the latter reason, here are a few tips for you and your pets to stay happy and emotionally healthy in the face of the pessimism that is running rampant in Neopia right now.

1. Don't forget about your pets!

Feeling down? Shop profits slow and/or low? Why don't you take a break from all of the pressure of the business world and go play with your pets? Maybe you should take them on a walk through Faerieland or even buy them a cool new toy. This is the most important way to have a great Neopian life! Your pets are the reason you're here in Neopia-be sure to lavish lots of attention on them! And don't focus solely on improving their stats or painting them with a rare paintbrush-those goals can wait. Rather focus on day-to-day things like feeding, grooming and playing. Remember: your pets' happiness leads to your happiness!

2. Read some fiction or poetry every day

This can be a vital part of making your day a little brighter! Keep up with some continuing series in The Neopian Times, read new parts of the Storytelling Competition, and be sure and check out some of the great poetry that's posted! If you've read all of the newer literature, go back into the back issues of The Neopian Times or dig through the archives at the Campfire and delve into some of the older stories.

3. Try your hand at writing some of that fiction or poetry

Once you've read up on some of the great literature Neopian culture has to offer, why don't you try writing some of it yourself? You don't have to be a Shakespeare or Defoe--just site down and write what comes to you. This is a great way to relieve stress and who knows? If you submit your work it might even end up displayed for other Neopians to enjoy.

4. Carry on with daily life

Don't get swept up in the financial panic that seems to be building in Neopia. Stay cool and calm! Continue doing the activities that are part of your daily routine. Of course, if it makes you feel better, you may want to take some precautions to protect your Neopian interests. On the other hand, this whole recession thing may be much like the whole Y2K scare-a lot of talk and fear, but in the end, not a whole lot comes from it. Do what makes you feel safe, but don't panic!

5. Take everything you hear-especially pessimism-with a grain of salt

Let's think about this. Why was NeoPets created? Was it to make a nice, happy world with millions of successful players and then ruin them all with a few changes? I don't think so. NeoPets is here for you to enjoy! While bad things do happen (if they didn't, Neopia wouldn't be very realistic), Neopia is probably not going to come crashing down around our ears. The Powers That Be aren't cruel, just really really powerful. Kind of like the old Olympian gods... anyway, don't lose hope. And don't take all of the gloom and doom going around to heart without first thinking it over.

Those are basically the top five things you can do right now to maintain a happy and healthy Neopian lifestyle. I hope that everyone out there can continue to have fun on NeoPets and not get carried away by all the negativity! If all else fails, a tasty pie will cheer definitely you up!

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