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Old 06-24-13, 07:11 AM   #31
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Snuggling in bed with my electric blanket turned on and a cup of tea.
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Aaaah, tea! I am mighty fond of tea as well!
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Walk for five straight hours while listening to music. that always makes me feel better
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Old 06-24-13, 10:51 PM   #34
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The darkness. (night)
I feel better at night sometimes too, darkness is sort of like an old friend after all these years of being awake in the night.

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Experiencing great art is probably the only comfort I have.
Cool! Do you look online or find it in books or go to museums or something else? It sounds like a lifetime of seeking it out in every nook and crannie!

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woke up this morning (and yesterday, and the day before...) feeling meh. not terrible, thank goodness, but strongly meh. then i came here! these are all great reminders of the little things that keep us sane-ish.

I like to cook or bake, since I find it sort of meditative. Reading used to be my default escape but I've destroyed my attention span with pot and television and I'm trying to get back into the habit of it. I plan to grab a good book immediately after posting this

and if I can drag myself out of the house, going for walks is great. I live in a much smaller town than I used to, though, so it gets boring faster than I'd like. gotta start exploring some of the trails. too bad I have to drive to get to them--driving somewhere just to take a walk always feels ridiculous.

so glad this thread is here. definitely bookmarking it!
Thanks, Eeyore22! I think sometimes we focus so much on what is wrong, it is not always easy to think clearly about what helps or what feels good. It is so easy for many people to live in the dark cloud of depression and feel like there is no way out of it. Even for chronic pain sufferers not overwhelmed by depression, finding the light is still not easy. I am a kitchen magic maker too, more then a book reader recently. I like to read, but cooking has had better immediate results for my belly. :)

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I am working on book ATM and I find that is a good way for me to escape this cruel world. I also love to read for hours, I can really get into a good book, both reading and writing take to another world where I forget all the bad stuff for a while. Walking in the country while studying the wildlife and looking for reptiles, if I can find an adder or two that helps. Sadly walking is something I can not do much of now as I injured my back and hip. I love a cuddle with my snakes too, they always make me smile.

Other things are a hot bath to ease out all the tight muscles in my back and hips, hot cups of tea are always good and surfing the web. I joined several forums most of them to do with reptiles and I love a good laugh with on line friends. I have met many of them as well. Oh, I love heavy metal too and now there is one lovely guy who I would love to meet but as he lives in the USA and I live in England it is very unlikely, but watching his videos on youtube makes me smile. He is so full of life.
A whole pile of good ideas, Molurus Bivittatus!
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Walk for five straight hours while listening to music. that always makes me feel better

Walking is good. It sounds like many of us go for walks on here. I walk too, but not for as long as you do.
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Walking is good. It sounds like many of us go for walks on here. I walk too, but not for as long as you do.
I used to love going for long walks surrounded by nature and would just become absorbed and entranced by the world around me. I would listen to the wind, the trees blowing, the birds chirping, the crunch of leaves and twigs underneath my feet. It made me feel grounded and reconnected with my values.

Unfortunately I'm not allowed to go for such walks any more but the memory of them will never fade.
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Alcohol… unfortunately. So much for the straight edge life. I wonder how that ended up going out the window?
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Going to a baseball game and keeping a scorebook.
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A damn good rock opera (Quadrophenia, Lamb Lies Down on Broadway)
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Honestly, I used to engage in all sorts of destructive behaviors to escape from my anxiety/depression. I'd wack off (for the sole reason that while I was doing it, there was no room for the anxiety in my head), drink excessive amounts of alcohol, do the aforementioned activities at the same time, do dumb stuff as a result of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, and spend huge, huge, obscene amounts of time playing video games.

Over the past few months though I've been getting treatment for my anxiety and I can handle it in a much more productive way. Namely--reading, writing, and (moderate amounts of) video games.

I've realized that the person I am when I am on an "anxious-spree" is not the true me; and because that person is not the true me, the real me, I am doing everything I can to make sure I don't go back to destructive behaviors. And in order to prevent myself from getting back to destructive behaviors, the main solution is to make sure I keep myself away from any situations that could provoke in me one of those insane anxiety-responses I'm apt to have often.

As for my depression, I think a lot of it stems from my anxiety, and the sadness that comes from how debilitating that anxiety has been. So the way I cope with my depression is by coping with my anxiety (if that makes sense).
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