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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Snoozeroni's picture
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Oct 20

@Lwill253 Journaling is great therapy for me... and yes, pets... gives us purpose. I wish my purposes would stay off the porch tho! lol <3

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Oct 20

@Littlesis7 You need to reach out to your friends, and whomever you can. I know social interaction is tough but it also you might find that other people that you know might have the same feelings. Some many times we build up other people in our minds and make an impression of them, without even talking to them, that we can be completely wrong. Judging people is a terrible thing, but unfortunately we all do it. Everyone is just like you and I try not to judge and think to much. Just smile and be friendly.

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jim111's picture
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Oct 20

Lwill, that's one of the best and therapeutic things to do. Write.... And you can write no matter what or when. A journal or Diary is great.
I went through a lot as a kid. Sometimes, (it sounds silly now). I wrote long letters out, often to my dad. He was always angry, negative and neglectful. Sometimes abusive in many ways. I wrote from the heart and many pages. I'ld put them away and of course I never actually gave them to him. I kept them days, maybe weeks. Then threw them away. In some odd way, I always felt better after writing them. It was medicine to my spirit.
Once I grew up and took some Psychology, I found out, that putting things down on paper, really was therapeutic.
I advise people all the time, write things down. It really does help.

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