What helps you when you're feeling really bad? Please share.

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ExProud
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   Posted 4/6/2012 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine are intense exercise, reading something inspirational, and being kind to, or helping others.
 
I'd love to get some new ideas. Do you all have any other tricks up your sleve?

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   Posted 4/6/2012 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I have found that walking helps me a lot. A good brisk walk helps the mind and body. Also meditation helps me calm down if need be. I hope others share what works for them. Great topic ExProud...

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   Posted 4/6/2012 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Petting the dogs. Watching my son or other kids play. Going for a long drive in the country (don't do that much any more with gas prices like they are).
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   Posted 4/6/2012 11:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Listening to music helps sometimes.

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   Posted 4/7/2012 1:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Today it was storming out of the house and going two doors down and venting on my doctor, who's been there for me as a doctor and friend.

Normally I crochet, read, walk, petting baby (the dog)
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   Posted 4/19/2012 1:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Running, reading (when I can concentrate), deep breathing, cuddling my cat, talking to my budgie, taking walks in nature- by water of some sort if possible.

I want to take up meditation and have bought a few books on mindfulness for my kindle but they make it all so complicated that I never manage to get started! I think the idea is that you sit and focus on your breath and when a thought arises you acknowledge it for what it is and return to the focus on your breath? Any advice on this would be much appreciated as I can't remember or implement complicated instructions at the moment, it's much too overwhelming!
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   Posted 4/19/2012 1:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I try to calm myself down and breathe. I want to start exercising but I had surgery on my foot a couple months ago and it isn't quite healed.

I am in biopsychology in college right now and we've talked about meditation and practiced it too.

STEPS:

1. Sit in a chair or somewhere comfortable
2. Make sure your back is straight, rest hands on thighs, feet flat on floor
3. Close your eyes and breathe normally
5. Begin by simply being aware the chair beneath you. Notice how it feels
6. Next, bring your awareness to your feet and their contact with the floor
5. Be aware of every body part from your hands, to your head, step by step
6. You should feel very relaxed now. If not, it may take practice
7. Now, simply breathe
8. Be aware of your breaths going in and out
9. Either in through your nose or you can feel it filling up in your diaphram and then letting it out
10. Any thoughts that arise (like firkin said), acknowledge it but return to your breaths


You can do it for however long you like but it is very relaxing! If you find yourself unable to focus on your breathes and your mind keeps wandering, don't get frustrated because it is perfectly normal. It takes practice.

Also, I find that even steps 1-6 is relaxing in and of itself without the breathing if I am in a hurry

Firkin
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   Posted 4/19/2012 3:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your advice on meditation lovers spit, I'm going to give that a go :)

Hope your foot heals fully soon!
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   Posted 4/19/2012 4:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Lovers spit,

See you got it. Just keep practicing. It really helps me a lot. I do this everyday and walk too.

You will get there...

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