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   Posted 8/28/2010 12:24 AM (GMT -6)   
We all get 'down' from time to time. Even those we know who always seem happy have their 'low' times. How do you cheer yourself up when you’re feeling blue? Do you bury yourself in a book or project until the mood passes? Maybe talk to a special friend? Or are you one who goes to the mall to brighten your day?

If I'm unhappy or upset I usually bury myself in a project. Often it's cleaning or organizing something. I tend to pull into myself and try to be alone. I know it's probably not the best solution but over time I've found it's the best way for me to deal with things. If hubby is home I have an easier time bringing myself back 'up'. But when I'm alone here day after day and I get in a hole, that's when it's hardest to bring my spirits back to level. If I keep to myself and think through things with a clearer head I can most often talk myself back into life.

What about you? What do you do to bring your spirits up when you are down?

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   Posted 8/28/2010 4:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all

When I am down, which seems to be more often lately, if I have the energy I like to garden. I have my beautiful golden lab Holly right beside me whichever way I move as she just loves it when I am out there. Between us, we solve the problems of the world. I talk to her like she is a person, which of course she considers herself to be the third child in the family.

Sometimes I just sit down the back on my Jack and Jill seat and sit in the sun, with Holly of course at my feet rolled over on her back so I can pat her stomach, she never lets an opportunity for a pat pass her by.

Pets are good therapy for pain and depresssion, they can sense how you feel.
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   Posted 8/28/2010 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
When I get down I find myself withdrawing into myself alot more. I dont want to be around people, I will sleep alot more then too. Luckily it hasnt been bad for me for awhile.
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   Posted 8/28/2010 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
When I am down, I avoid people too. I pretty much pray. It has been hard becasue I am quitting smoking and I am more irritable. But coming here helps me, so I often do that. Find something to do. That helps. I try to occupy my mind and get it off of whatever is pulling me down. Often I will write an email to a friend. That helps too.

Best wishes. Good topic Chutz.

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   Posted 8/28/2010 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
This is a good topic. We can learn from each other.

I think I isolate, too, when I'm feeling really sick. Last night wasn't too hot - and I do whatever I can to keep my mind from running away with ideas. I'll do deep breathing, meditate, or put on a hypnosis tape, or relaxation cd. If I still need more, I'll immerse myself in something - anything really. Anything from working with yarn - to researching on the internet. Sometimes, if I research soluations for my current problem, I'll feel more in control, like I'm beating the problem itself. It can be hard on the worst of days, but I keep trying.

Harrington - you're right about pets and health. There are many studies which support what you're saying. Good for you for having Holly. Right now I can only have fish, but they still have relaxation benefits. :)

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   Posted 8/28/2010 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I usually start with music. I have my favorites which at least make me feel that I'm not alone in my pain. Moving, "dancing" or just swaying a little. Then I'll start putzing around the house, moving little objects, trying to decorate (which I find endlessly fascinating) or head off to the second-hand store; or go for a walk. Contact with old friends, or anyone I'm close to, can do it, too.

...fibromyalgia, hearing loss, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting (back), arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, cancer surgeries (face).......I take Nortriptyline & Clonopin daily, and Darvocet as needed

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   Posted 8/28/2010 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I also turn to my pet. I like to brush her and talk to her. This usually picks me up. I also sometimes force myself to do something like clean out drawers or closets. I guess it's the getting a little organized that helps me.


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   Posted 8/28/2010 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
When I'm feeling blue, I love to go for a drive. I bring some of my favorite CD's
and sing to my heart's content. If it isn't too hot, the sun roof is open, the windows
are down and I'm singing and I always start feeling G-O-O-D :)

Hugs, Robin
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Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
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   Posted 8/28/2010 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
My little Sabra is always right by my side and I would be lost without her.  She has licked away many a tear over the years.
But I, like Chutz, do something to distract my thinking.  If I think too much, that will pull me down more.  So, I love doing genealogy and I get busy with that and it helps me so much. 
Also, going for a walk helps me chase the blues away.  I look at plants, flowers, clouds, birds, and somehow that lifts me back up.
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   Posted 8/28/2010 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm with you, Robin, driving in the car is great too! I don't have the windows down, but I do sing my heart out to my CDs and swig my coffee as I go. And Sherrine, yes, nature takes us out of ourselves (or into our better selves?)

...fibromyalgia, hearing loss, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting (back), arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, cancer surgeries (face).......I take Nortriptyline & Clonopin daily, and Darvocet as needed
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