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Old 05-09-15, 02:28 AM   #1
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I'm just wondering what activities you guys use to keep you busy and your mind from wondering to the dark places that draw you down into the pit that is depression.

For me, I live in the beautiful Ozark Mountains and I think it is the absolute best place in the world to just be enveloped with nature. I have recently taken up bird watching as a hobby because a few weeks ago that I didn't have any real hobbies. Most days I would come home from work and sit in my room and drink until I went to bed.

Before I started drinking heavily, it was mostly drugs that kept my mind occupied. (This is a whole 'nother thread though.)

I have to say, I cannot remember anything that has brought me as much joy as sitting in my backyard and listening to the sereneness of all the wonderful sounds of birds in the springtime singing their hearts out. I still have daily battles with intrusive thoughts about killing myself and the ever present demon in my mind that tells me that I'm worthless and will never make anything out of myself. But I find that with each passing day, the songs of the Cardinals, Robins, and Whip-poor-wills edges those out of my mind.

So tell me guys, what is it that you do that keeps that voice in your head in check so it doesn't control your life?
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Old 05-09-15, 12:17 PM   #2
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I am glad that bird watching is helping you out.
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Was easier when my family had a vacation home in the mountains: sit in the hot tub with a beer and watch the sun set over the Appalachians, but no more..A lot of different tricks that I use now. Sometimes it's a book, sometimes it involves grabbing a coffee and watching the sunset from the observation deck at the airport, yardwork or minor home improvement projects help as well. Does give some satisfaction to knock something even minor off the "to do" list!
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I go to the gym. I'm not a gym rat nor am I necessarily the most fit person, but it's healthy habit and it distracts me. I sit outside and try to free my mind. It's similar to what you do. Lately, the days have been so beautiful here, and it really does put you in a better place when you can enjoy it. I study lol. I stay moderately busy with something. I get on here.

I think it's just important to get out of the house. No matter what circumstance you're in, make time to get out. If I'm stuck in one environment for too long, I get mentally and emotionally stuck. That's when those intrusive thoughts that you were talking about start to rear their ugly heads. Of course, stress does that too.
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That's amazing that you live in a place with such idyllic surroundings. I love spending time in nature too. Day to day I occupy my mind by chatting to people on whatsapp, watching Greys Anatomy (big fan), sometimes reading, listening to music. I find it difficult to occupy my mind completely because I have anxiety / racing thoughts though.
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