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It’s no secret that I suffer from depression and a host of other mental illnesses, but when I find myself down the dark hole of depression, I remember these tips that my therapist have given me. It works for me, so who knows…it might help you too.
Whatever anger, anxiety, sadness, etc. you have bottled up inside of you, you HAVE to get it out. I know it’s super hard to let all of that anger go, but sometimes you just have to write. Understand it doesn’t have to be your manifesto, it could be as simple as “I hate you.” or repeatedly writing the word “Why” over and over again. Not sure what to write, it’ll flow out of you.
Grab a book (or a comic) and read. Rise out of the drama, stress and BS that you’re currently in and transplant yourself in a whole new world. Majority of you know I surround myself in comics and get lost in there. I rather get lost in comics than get lost in my mind. It’s a dangerous place to be at times.
3. PLAY GAMES
Don’t laugh at this one, but my therapist suggested that I distract myself with games. I have been playing Bejeweled 2 for about 6 months now and recently discovered Wheel of Fortune slots from #GSNCasino. You can download GSN Casino on iTunes and on Google Play. They have tons of games, Scrabble Cubes, Deal or No Deal, bingo, and as I mentioned earlier Bejeweled 2. All the games are free to play, but there are in app purchases.
I won’t lie to you, the games are extremely addicting and there have been times when I’m pretty sure 3 days have passed by and I didn’t move. Ok, ok, I exaggerate, BUT the games are fun and if you need to distract yourself from everything else, then GSN Casino is the way to do it. There’s also a community of people who need a break and will pull out their iPad’s and iPhone’s for some friendly competition.
Do you know how hard it is to focus on the crap going on in your life and cook/bake at the same time? Lemmetellya, it’s hard as heck. Go on and put in 1/2 cup of flour in your recipe that really calls for 1/2 tablespoon. Trust me, I’ve done it. WHY? I was in the “what if” cycle of depression. You have to give baking and cooking your undivided attention. It’s imperative or you’re going to end up with some disgusting food and you have no one to blame but yourself.
5. TALK TO SOMEONE
Pick up your phone and talk to your bestie. Holding all that crap in will never be healthy…EVER. Arrange a Girls Day Out date with your girlfriend, talk to your sibling or mother, or if push comes to shove, talk to your therapist. You have to get it out. Heck, you can talk to me if you want.
These are 5 ways that I handle stress and depression. What works for me, might not work for you and if it doesn’t; find something that will.