When you get a sudden case of the blues, what do you do?
I'm not talking about full-blown depression here, just the normal daily ups-n-downs: when you get down, how do you react to that?
It depends...sometimes I just wanna listen to depressing music and wallow in it..lol. Then other times I force myself to take a walk, look at the stars or spend time with my daughter.
Go to bookstore and find a good book or magazine, get a massage, take a walk, go to toy store with my kids (its fun for all of us), have my husband cook dinner and enjoy a beer while he bbq's (instant de-stress). I love going to see a kids movie with my daughter.
Planning something to look forward to is the best thing to beat the blues. I get stuck in a rut in my life often because it seems most of it is repetitive and on autopilot, then one day I wake up and I'm feeling a bit bored and bummed...so that's when I do something I enjoy no matter what matters are pressing at home or work (I work from home and stay home with kids so I'm on double duty...all the time). If I need an escape and I'm with my kids alone at home...I jump in the shower and ease my stress- they leave me alone in the shower.
Sometimes I wallow in my mood and let it be. We are programmed to always be happy (by society's standards) and that's not necessary- to know happiness one must know sadness.
First I try to talk myself out of it by focusing on the thought that it will 'pass', then if I have money I go get a hair cut. If I don't have money, I tend to cut my hair anyway, then it just gets worse. ha ha ha
When I was in graduate school, I used to drive very far away from the city to a private beach and watch the ten foot waves...the energy of the waves was so amazing, frightening even, and yet people go in..to surf..to harness the power of the waves...I think in their minds..( I do not know since I do not surf ) they were riding the waves because in those moments, they are one with the wave..
Oh.. I got distracted..now I just walk my neighborhood and appreciate the work that goes into the beautiful yards..lol..
I snuggle with my puppies (just like your picture!), that always makes me feel better. Or I take a bubble bath, and read a book. Going for a walk if the weather is nice also helps.
Sometimes just going out for a walk in the fresh air can help lift my mood. Other times a bar of chocolate,a good book and my favourite music.
If your talking about the nonsense mood swings that can happen at any moment then I try to do something creative. Instead of ignoring the Blues, I exploit them. I make music, so harnessing that energy to work for something useful can often produce shocking results. As long as you have the Blues, you might as well paint whatever you possibly can with Blue.
Oh wow. When I'm kind of in the dumps and feeling like life has just offered me a carton of sour grapes, I watch my favorite movie of all time: Gone With the Wind! It always makes me smile and laugh.
I am pretty bad at it but off late I trying some coping method. If you practice things like self hypnosis which another form of meditation then during these so called blues bring together the mind and the breath, synchronizing etc..
Play video games. Something about killing virtual things cheers me up.
There are a number of things that I could think of, but the first thing that comes to my mind, is to immediately get away from anything, or anyone that surrounds you with negativity. Then I usually watch a good Seinfeld re-run on DVD. Humor in this aspect greatly enhances my mood. Especially when you watch Kramer and George go through their hilarious little escapades on the show. Hope this helps out a little.
sometimes people can't just get away...maybe lack of money, lack of resources, etc. On tough never-ending days with my newborn, I can't just get away- I'd be arrested for neglect if I took off without my baby. I know you mean well with your response.
I am not happy about society's message that we need to be happy all the time. If we're not feeling happy, we get a diagnosis, a prescription, and a pill...or if we don't tell our Doc then we run out and purchase the latest best-selling self-help... read more
I will sometimes watch funny videos on Youtube, play and cuddle with my pets, and eat lots of junk food (not in that order).
I express myself in a journal, spend time with my cat, take a walk, or work in the garden. I verbally vent, but that's not a good thing!
I listen to blues music in order to remind myself that there are many others out there that have it far worse than what I might be experiencing at that moment.
I invite one or all of the grankids over and I quickly forget about my bad day!
I go into the dark bathroom and keep the lights off and stand in front of the mirror. Then in the dark I make the craziest face I can think of at the mirror and flip the switch back on to see what I look like, and 9 times out of 10, I make myself laugh, which gets me back on track again.
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