For once, I'm not looking to vent or get advice--just wondering if I have this in common with anyone else here. For whatever reason, I find horror and bleak stories really effective in managing my anxiety and depression. I just watched Aniara, not exactly a horror movie but an incredibly bleak sci-fi story, and it made me feel so much better about the smoke and the pandemic. (I highly recommend it if you enjoy beautifully made films that offer no hope whatsoever.) I also ploughed through the TV series The Terror (hopeless stranding in Arctic ice in the 1840s) and Chernobyl (I don't at all mean to make light of the suffering of the Ukrainian people--some of my good friends barely escaped it as kids. But the combination of science and heartbreaking, infuriating reality had a huge impact on me--and made me temporarily forget my own anxiety.)
Similarly, in the first few months of the COVID-19 shutdown, I couldn't stop reading histories of the Black Death and the Spanish flu and other appalling public health disasters. Also helpful: rewatching Alien (one of my favorites) and Hereditary (ditto) and the movie Contagion (I know for sure I wasn't alone in seeking out that movie in particular).
How about you? Does reading about fictional or historical people in dire situations make you feel better or worse? Am I just weird? Regardless, I'm going to keep doing what's working, but I'm curious about other people.