So how does he deal with those negative feelings? In classic The Rock fashion, he hits the gym.
While on a press junket for his upcoming film Rampage, Johnson was asked for his techniques for dealing with sadness.
“My kneejerk reaction to sadness is some sort of action,” Johnson told journalist Xilla Valentine. “I like to go do something. For me, the going to do something, it sounds boring and cliche, but it is what it is with me, I gotta hit the gym.”
“Let me sweat, and let me grind, and let me get in, and that way I can not think about the shit’s that’s making me sad,” he added.
Johnson said that oftentimes, he simply lets the sadness take over for a bit. He’ll even throw on a few sad songs and let the feelings pass. (Remember, guys: Crying is good for you.)
In a followup tweet about the interview, Johnson added: “Hey the last thing I expected to be asked at the Rampage junket was how I deal with sadness, but I’m glad I share my technique brotha. I gotta take action and workout, but sometimes I put on music and just stew in the sad shit.”
Johnson is certainly onto something with the idea of exercise warding off sadness. In a 2014 study following 11,000 participants, researchers found that active people reported fewer symptoms of depression than sedentary participants. That reduction in depression symptoms became even more pronounced the more often they exercised.
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these seven symptoms of depression, it’s time to speak to a mental health expert you feel comfortable with and get on a path to wellness that works for you.