I get down in the dumps sometimes. I’ve dealt with depression and anxiety for a long time now, and have developed little ways of making myself feel better without resorting to medication (because of pregnancy and now breastfeeding – I’m not opposed to them). Some are common among other people, and I’m sure almost none of them could be proven medically. But they work for me.
Today is a down-in-the-dumps type of day. With a 6 month old in my face all day, I don’t feel like I’m allowed to sulk, so I have to make myself feel better. This means that I will spend the day doing crunches, cleaning as much as possible, possibly going for a walk and trying a new recipe tonight. I will also spend the entire day singing the Beatles in my head. By bedtime I should be right as rain.
I’ve noticed an increase in the number of people I know who run/jog to feel better psychologically. Some people meditate while some others listen to music as loud as they can. How do you make yourself feel better? Do you have any silly personal rituals?
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