16 Funny YouTube Videos People Watch When They're Depressed
When you live with depression, bad mental health days can sneak up on you, making you want to retreat to your bed and hide under the covers. On days when it feels like depression is winning, it can be helpful to have a few creative coping techniques up your sleeve.
Maybe your first coping strategy is watching a favorite movie. Maybe for you, coping means reading a book that makes you feel a bit better. Or maybe you’re like me, and watching a funny YouTube video is what you need in a depressed moment (here’s my go-to!).
We wanted to know what funny YouTube videos people watch when they’re depressed, so we asked our mental health community what videos they keep coming back to time and time again.
Here’s what they shared with us:
1. Potter Puppet Pals: The Mysterious Ticking Noise
“My go-to video is ‘Potter Puppet Pals: The Mysterious Ticking Noise.’ It’s an oldie but a goodie and never ceases to make me at least chuckle.” — Alyssa K.
2. F*ck That: An Honest Meditation
“I listen to this almost everyday! It makes me laugh and helps refocus my energy!” — Kristina B.
3. How to Avoid Talking to People You Don’t Want to Talk To
“Anything Jenna Marbles because she’s literally me by myself and that’s where I’m most comfortable lol. She’s f*cking hilarious” — Stephanie M.
Video contains explicit language.
4.”Kalen Reacts” – Potato Salad Cake
“I love Kalen because he’s not trying to be funny. His hilarious comments give my depressed mind a break.” — Desiree B.
5. Key & Peele – Substitute Teacher
“Laughter can pull me out of a pit every time! I laugh at this one every time without fail. I think Key and Peele are a brilliantly funny and talented team, and this whole sketch is my absolute favorite. I have a background in theatre and acting and know how hard it had to be to not laugh while shooting this.” — Cookie M.
6. Axis of Awesome – 4 Chord Song
“I usually watch Axis of Awesome’s ‘4 Chord Song.’ The acting and music always cheer me up.” — Ashley L.
7. How Animals Eat Their Food
“I don’t know why this dry sense of humor always gets me laughing, but it does.” — Sarah S.
8. Lip Sync Battle – Channing Tatum vs. Jenna Dewan-Tatum
“Any lip sync battle. Channing Tatum as Beyoncé is my fave.” — Carla D.
9. Epic Pomeranian Puppy Sneeze
“I laugh uncontrollably at this puppy, I play it on repeat until I cry!” — Cassie G.
10. Bruno Mars Carpool Karaoke
“The laughs and the chemistry they have is hilarious. It never fails to make me smile and laugh. I watch it multiple times when I have my bad days.” — Mackenzie W.
11. Tonight You Belong to Me (Cover)
“It’s just too cute not to smile at least once while watching this. It’s on my anti-anxiety playlist.” — Gabriela K.
12. The Fitness Marshall – Cake
“I exercise to The Fitness Marshall when I am feeling low or anxious. He is hilarious, a mental health advocate, and helps you have a blast while sweating! This is one of my favorites of his.” — Ashley S.
13. Supernatural Cat Scream
“Dean from ‘Supernatural’ screaming about a cat in the ‘Yellow Fever’ episode. [It’s] 30 seconds of pure hysterical laughter.” — Mikki I.
14. The Mean Kitty Song
“This song never fails to make me smile.” — Eleanor T.
15. Happy to the Birthday Alex (Godzilla Dance)
“It never fails to make me smile. I found it a few years back and loved it, so I showed it to my boyfriend, who is now my husband. One day I was having a really bad night so he played the video for me and it cheered me right up! He still uses that tactic to this day.” — Annamarie S.
16. Basset Hound Running Slow Mo on the Beach
“I like to look up bassett hounds running. Always makes me laugh.” — Amy H.
What’s your “go-to” YouTube video?
Lead screenshots via Jenna Marbles and Balenaproductions YouTube channels