Any kind of Exercise. Exercise gets the body to release very pleasant chemicals and neurotransmitters. And you can also feel better about living healthier and eventually looking better.
Exercise is certainly a good wake-up call for our bodies and makes us feel better, but before you rely on that solely please have a good check-up by your doctor. Ask for a T3/T4 thyroid test as well and also get your adrenal gland checked. These are two organs that can cause lethargy, panic attacks, depression from both
You could talk to a therapist, doctor, or psychiatrist; you may need an anti-depressant.
For me it was exercise, therapy (cognitive behaviour therapy is supposed to be the most effective) and anti depressants. I'm weaning off the drugs and i'm still happy (not all the time, but enough, like an average person).
Try watching comedies when you are alone. And try organizing gatherings with friends during the weekends. You will feel better if you are preparing for something, and you will have fun hanging out with friends.
Organising events is usually the best way. I try to make myself feel better by doing something I enjoy, listening to music, shopping, playing with my dog. I plan time into my day for just me.
Other ideas: 1) get a pet. Something you can take care of. Usually when you feel bad, you can also end up quite lonely. 2) change your surroundings: move your furniture or try on a different outfit. 3) get an organiser- related to the one above, try to fill your days with something to do. 4) go somewhere- anywhere. Go for a walk with no direction. Don't get lost, but do go for a walk and take a look around you. 5) try cooking/cleaning - sounds too domestic, but often when you cook your own meal, or clean up your home you'll pleased with what you've accomplished
Get some sun.
Think about positive aspects of your life.
If you're unhappy all of the time: 1) Talk to your most supportive friends. 2) Write down the names of ten people who care about you & of people you care about. 3) Find a way to cope with your depression like: reading, writing, or drawing. 4) Hurting yourself is NEVER the answer
Realistic Thinking: when you have a thought that makes you worry or feel unhappy, ask yourself if it is realistic. Unrealistic worries are often to blame when we feel bad. If the thought is not realistic (for example, thinking that you will never feel better, or thinking that everyone hates you), then you tell yourself "Realistically ..." and reframe that thought into something that is actually real instead of blown out of proportion (for example, "Realistically, I will feel better sometime, even if I don't feel good now" or "Realistically, some people like me and some people don't - everybody has some people who don't like them").
Examine the Evidence: whenever you feel overwhelmed and depressed, look at the facts surrounding the situation. Things are almost never as bad as they look when you are upset. List the facts - both good and bad - on paper or in your computer so that you can be more scientific about it. This ties into reallistic thinking.
Find Your Triggers: keep a mood diary to figure out what things set off these unhappy feelings. The more you know about your emotions, the more in control you can become. If you know that you always feel sad after talking to a certain person, then you can decide if it might be best not to talk to them, or you can prepare ahead of time and figure out how to avoid feeling bad from the conversation.
Mix it Up: try changing your routine, even a little bit. Sometimes doing something different will help you change your mood.
Do something JUST FOR YOU. The point is to actually acknowledge your own value. Make yourself a Queen or a King for a night. You are very special and you are important.
Now let's hear it from you...........how are you going to apply the above to make yourself feel better????
Post Edited (stkitt) : 1/21/2009 2:59:36 PM (GMT-7)
yes, yes, yes! Kitt you are on the money! even though im sick as hell, i dragged myself out of bed today to swim in my neighbour's pool- its perfect for doing laps- i had so much fun in the water this morning that i went back this afternoon and did another 30 minutes. i also have been using one of those huge inflatable gym balls to help me stretch. (great for my fibro)
so not only did i swim for an hour today, despite feeling sick as a dog, i got a great dose of sunshine and got my heart rate up which is great cos my BP is low, and i need to increase heart rate etc.
yes, i still feel sick, but at the same time, i feel great for excercising!
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i spent 40mins early this morning doing laps- breast stroke, up and down the pool. because of the heatwave, the pool is always a nice temp and i can get up and go at 8am if i want- God bless my awesome next door neighbours for giving me free reign of their pool- so kind.
i will try and do 40mins again tomorrow- im a bit sore, but i love being in the water... so relaxing.
Post Edited By Moderator (Howlyncat) : 1/22/2009 11:03:15 AM (GMT-7)
Glad you are all find ways to help yourselves and I must admit the days I get up and know I am going to work at school I come home in a good mood and laughing.
I have been out of the house with people and talking and learning. I am loving the children and I can tease them or pat them on the shoulder. I can help them make a decision if they are ok to go back to class or need to call Mom to come and take them home.
I am being active and interacting in person. I feel very comfortable as I do not have to compete or be the boss or prove anything.
Maz will be swimming in the olympics, I will be running in the senior olympics. LOL.
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oooh sounds like a plan, Nikki!
i swear, as sick as i am, the swimming is really making me feel better in my muscles and joints. Im not going to stop, im in a pattern now.
stop dwelling on the mistakes of the past.
What I did to make myself feel better today was I went to work.
I saw 34 unscheduled students:
5 Paper Cuts, 9 looking for loaner mittens ( I did not log them in ) lots of tummy aches, 1 hit with a snowball, one walked into a door, and when I went on my break the lady that covered for me got the one that up chucked. I just know I saw a lot of grade schoolers.
I am teaching them to speak louder cuz nurse Mary can't hear their cute little tiny voices.
The are sweet but why is it when they are in the hallway they are all screaming???
I think I did good for my first day as a rookie.
I did not have one ambulance all day...........
Hugs to all
Exercise is the one thing I want to do so badly but everyday I find a reason to not do any............I would really like to hear from someone where I can buy some dynamite or firecrackers or what..............
Help me get ging on the exercise........Please. I need some real encouragement here.