How do you relax? Or what kinds of things help you relax?

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How do you relax? Or what kinds of things help you relax? The stress and anxiety has been getting to me more than usual lately. And the depression kills my motivation. If I can find a "happy place," I can sometimes start to pull myself out of it. My therapy session this week was mostly about trying to stay active and take better care of myself when I'm feeling this way. But it's not that simple and crawling under a blanket and napping is so easy. But I'm trying and I'm curious what works for others.

I spent most of my day organizing various parts of my house...the pantry, the refrigerator, the desk drawers, etc. I find it helps me to tidy up my environment when I'm overwhelmed...cluttered environment leads to a cluttered mind, at least for me. I dusted every surface of my bedroom before crawling into bed insanely early. Now, I'm sitting in my bed, candles flickering, soft piano music playing and lavender in the diffuser. And I have to admit that I feel a bit more relaxed than usual. It helps to feel productive. It gives me a sense of control in a world that is out of my control.

And I'm going to get back into working out everyday. Before this current episode, I was working out for an hour a day, at least 5 days a week. Then everything went downhill and I fell out of the habit. It helped having an outlet for my stress.

Of course, I have to find the motivation to do it. I'm not sure how that's going to go just yet.

So what works for you? What helps take the edge off? Any tips or suggestions that you'd be wiling to share?

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Oct 17

@comfortablynumb You're very welcome!... I've found more recently when I feel stressed, I sit quietly for a few minutes with my mind totally cleared and blank (try picturing a blank TV screen) -- no thinking, no doing; just BE!.....

Oct 17

Go on youtube and search music for relaxing.

en1234's picture
Oct 17

I really like to listen/watch podcasts online, or I like to draw.


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