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?