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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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“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” Albert Einstein

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   Posted 8/28/2010 1:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Yesterday, I watched "Dr. Eckhard von Hirschhausen" on TV. He is a German cabaret artist who used to be a doctor and he is great. I had tears in my eyes from all the laughing. Sometimes, I'll listen to his CD when I'm down.
Usually, I tend to also bury myself in some "project", like intensive housecleaning which distracts me and helps me to feel in control.

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   Posted 8/28/2010 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I usually watch tv or a movie when my dvd player is hooked up, which right now it is not.  I also talk things out with Mario, my husband.  I can't get into projects when I am down though.  I just don't have the energy for a project when my mind is not in the right place. 
Sometimes, I get on my computer and come here to the forums, where I feel I am among friends and I read up on what is going on with everybody.
Taking a hot bath always helps too.  Sometimes, although, I am too down even for that so I have to wait until I have more energy.  The chemo really takes the energy out of me lately.  But I am all right, don't worry.
Love you all, my friends.
God bless.
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Believe in yourself.  Be kind to fellow humans and animals.  Take time to smell the flowers and the coffee.
And by all means, when you are down, ask me for help.  I will be there.

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   Posted 8/28/2010 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
When ever I'm down and out ....... I tend to do two different things. 1. I may withdraw and sleep for several hours ....2. or I may reach out to a very close friend...of which I hate to do, as I'm not one to ask for help from anyone.

Usually the thing that has brought me down, winds up becoming a challenge and I play a sort of chess game in my mind, until I figure it out. I look at the problem from every angle, sometimes which brings in front of a mirror.

I don't like being down, and don't stay there any longer than I have to.

I enjoy fixing problems and offering a helping hand to those that need it in life. This keeps me happy and out of a downer mood.

Recovery from my fusion has been one of the hardest things I have ever done in life, and I did sink way down within myself. I was dependent on others to help me and felt so worthless.

Right now, I'm back on the mend, and life is looking a whole lot better.


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   Posted 8/28/2010 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
What about you? What do you do to bring your spirits up when you are down?
 Dear Chutz,
    Goodness, it does takes quite a bit. Something altering usually. I am not easily bothered by most things.. more than likely because I have already seen and been part of the many of the horrors that life can hide. There are times though.. that I am frightened inside. It is hard to steer my thoughts away. I end up going a little slower with mundane daily tasks, a bit lost and slow. It does take a while before the "inside me" comes to be at peace with whatever event has shaken me to my very core.  I suppose I don't "do" anything. Just go a bit slower. Lost in thought. Tired in soul. One action and one thought at a time. For whatever reason I am given rather immense struggles in my life. Just breathe deep and press onward....

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

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   Posted 8/28/2010 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Unfortunately, I do not handle bad things very well....I like to try and sleep them away! It does absolutely nothing but that is my first move.....physically and emotionally....when I get overwhelmed all I want to do is sleep! I need to look for healthier ways to handle this!!!

Take care of you.....all of you!

Spinal Stenosis L3/L4, L4/L5 & L5/S1 with Nerve Impingement, Fibromyalgia, TMJ, GERD, Severe Depression, VERY Large Cyst Right Ovary causing mild twisting, Small Cysts Left Ovary & 3 Large Cysts Uterus and Possible RA

Medications - MS-Contin, Cymbalta, Famotidine and currently Prednisone
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