when you're feeling down, what do you do?

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   Posted 5/24/2007 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sure everyone here has some guilty pleasures, some things you like to do to cheer yourself up when you're having a bad day. I figured we could post them and maybe we can get some ideas from each other! :-)
Here are mine:
  • Listening to some upbeat "pop" music
  • If I'm alone- singing and dancing to aforementioned pop music - try it, it really helps! But I don't look in the mirror because my bad dancing might make me more depressed  tongue
  • Snuggling or being otherwise intimate with my boyfriend
  • Going shopping! I'm not much of a clothes shopper and I HATE shoe shopping (I wear a size 10 and have slender feet so it's impossible to ever find anything!) but I like buying new movies and other random things I don't need, haha
  • Reading a good book - I can't wait to pick up the new Chuck Palahniuk book tomorrow!!!
  • Doing yoga helps me feel better, but recently I bought this DVD set called "The Goddess Workout" and it's bellydancing! Sometimes it's frustrating because the instructor is SO good and I'm definitely not, but it's fun nonetheless.
  • Making bracelets
  • Hanging out with my friend and her 4 year old daughter- I love watching little kids do little kid things  :-)


Well, that's all I could really think of right now but I'd love to hear yours!

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 5/24/2007 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
i go to this website MEME Cats
They have pages of cute or funny cat photos. Always puts a smile on my face. I'll also listen to upbeat music.

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   Posted 5/25/2007 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
 I play w/ my dogs - take them for a walk
 Hang out with the hubby
 Have a glass of wine with my husband while floating in our pool soaking up the rays (SPF 45 of course) scool
 Jog on my treadmill for 3 miles while listening to my ipod
 Watch a girlie movie, have a scoop of Ice Cream (then more jogging :-)   cause I'll feel guilty)
 Or sometimes I just sit and relax, and do absolutely nothing 
28 Years Old
Diagnosed w/ Panic Disorder, OCD & Bipolar II
Prescribed 50 mg Lamictal every day 
Will increase dose to 75 mg on Saturday

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   Posted 5/26/2007 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
what a great idea!

I like to take a walk on our bike trail and pet the horses!
Also, cuddling with my b/f (kinda mushy I know)
Mod- Depression

Chronic Depression, Panic Attacks,Anxiety Attacks,Anorexia
Meds I have taken throughout the years:Wellbutrin,Tranxene,Paxil,Prozac,Valium,
Currently taking none.


"I am woman,hear me roar one day and cry the next!!!"

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   Posted 5/26/2007 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I unfortunately wish I could do alot of the things others can do but usually in my times of despair, I tend to allow the positives such as these suggestions turn into chores that I cannot get enough energy to do. 
I do try to do things though that really require concentration and less thought on what is hurting me such as jigsaw puzzles and cross-stitch.  These tend to hold no emotional effort to them and they pass the time.
My only refuge in my darkest days is my faith and what the next day could hold.  Seriously, that is what keeps my going through life.  The thought that tomorrow might be the day that will change my outlook for the best.  Who knows, tomorrow could be the first day of the rest of your life!
That is what gets me by.
"Faith is knowing you're in control
when your life is falling apart,
Faith is in that quiet assurance
I feel deep within my heart".

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 5/28/2007 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm with you faithfully...when I'm down I can't bring myself to do something physical, rather something like online scrabble, where I'm concentrating and forgetting everything.  I know I really should watch a funny movie because it's worked before, but I just don't feel like it eyes

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 5/28/2007 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I draw. I have such a passion for character design. And i think i am good too. I've always wanted to be an illustrator for comics, books and even concept artist for digital games and movies, but unfortunatly life went in a different direction and it looks like that is a dream and a profession i will not have the chance accomplish. So in a way it is what makes me happy, but is also what i am 'deprived' from.

But yes, drawing. I can sit for hours, hours and hours with a bit of music, draw on the pc, and not feel anymore at peace if i were high on chocolate ;)
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