I've tried a lot of things. + Sometimes I'm rather busy and it is hard...
I get hypomanic tho sometimes
and othertimes am just stressed/crazy busy..
but healthy things..
these books have helped me..
The meditation book i've read more than once (and need to again)
if I practice it, it does help though, and can be used anywhere, anytime, even for just 5 minute periods...
I have also tried brewing a nice cup of cammomile tea (which actually helped me calm my anxiety/hypomania when i have done it)
literally stopping + smelling flowers when i walk by a florist's or a lilac or rose bush..
I also engage in the arts when I can.. writing poetry, stories, painting (watercolors in the park)
stopping at a bookstore/coffeeshop for even just 30 minutes to read/relax sometimes
music is very important to me - a loud song even in the car + singing/yelling can help release/improve my mood
dance class - my current exercise - it's a lot of fun, and often expressive..
a good night's sleep..
(rarely accomplished, though, lol)
sometimes just a short walk outside, sitting under a tree away from traffic/people + some deep breathing/intake of nature...
some people watch a movie (or post on ttl)
when i'm upset, I sit in the hot shower for a while sometimes
umm... time for a short massage at a massage therapist kinda place?
often, talking to friends + going out for a couple hours helps too..
otherwise just a quiet night at home I guess...
Idk. just some things that I do.
I think just trying to be aware + appreciate the everyday things around you...
the sun shining, green leaves/flowers, the smell of coffee or popcorn as you walk by, a kid doing kid things, the sound of --- as you walk...
that helps me.. but i often walk with my head in the clouds when I'm not running off to a job....
good luck. + keep writing here, I hope..