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What do you do to make yourself feel better?

Asked by SeventhSense (18791 points ) September 27th, 2009

I’m a natural pessimist and I need to give myself pep talks to remind myself that the future has hope and promise. Sometimes it’s a bible verse and other times it’s just a reassurance that “this too shall pass”. What do you do to remind yourself that the future will be better and you will grow?

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Les's avatar

I just got a comment from a friend I just reconnected with on Facebook. She told me that reading that I was working on a Masters degree in Atmospheric Science was the best thing she’d read in a long time. I’ve wanted to be in meteorology for as long as I can remember. Sometimes I think I just want to throw in the towel and give up, because it is so hard, or I’m so sad or whatever the reason is. But then I hear something like that and I remember that I am doing the thing I’ve always wanted to do. As hard as it has been, and it continues to be, I followed my dreams, and they are slowly coming true.

SeventhSense's avatar

@Les
Thanks and I trust that they will.

Facade's avatar

Buy things, sing in the shower, buy more things

chyna's avatar

After a boyfriend had committed suicide many years ago, my mantra was “Tomorrow will be better.” I had to tell myself that over and over to keep myself from falling into a black hole of despair. The tight vise grip in my chest eventually loosened and I was able to move on from that period of time that I thought would never end.

SeventhSense's avatar

@chyna
I’m so sorry that must have been horrible. Made me think of the Psalm 23:4
Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

cyn's avatar

I take showers and log in the computer- Fluther, tumblr, youtube, or a joke website.

chyna's avatar

@SeventhSense I have said that verse many, many times. It helped me through a lot of dark nights.

Sarcasm's avatar

Time to consider.
Words rarely ever change my thoughts, regardless of their origin.

Open's avatar

I call a friend. They always seem to cheer me up ^_^ Like they did today <3

chicadelplaya's avatar

Go for a good run with my dog, laugh with friends, watch a good show or movie, and/or remind myself that there are so many other people out there such as the patients I treat that have it a hell of a lot worse than I do. :)

buster's avatar

I skateboard. For that moment while I am skating I forget about everything that is wrong, ugly, and vile in my life.

deni's avatar

“this too shall pass” is a great phrase, i think of it a lot. im generally pretty happy but when i do get down i just think about how really, i’m very lucky and i don’t have much to complain about.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

I interact with people that appreciate me. That always helps. A little rant now and then on my blog about whatever has made me feel bad works, too. no one here reads my blog, so I can say what I want, and no one is the wiser.

mattbrowne's avatar

Appreciate the little things in life.

johanna's avatar

Eat something great. Or just eat something.

wundayatta's avatar

I don’t. Try, I mean. It never works. I just try not to get to involved in my misery and keep on doing the things I normally do. Sometimes they help me feel better.

Garebo's avatar

I have always been fighting the demons of pessimism. I just keep trying evaporate those negative thoughts, into positive ones, and or at least be aware of my negative thoughts, and meditate when I can.
I also believe some people have chemical imbalances whether from allergens, genetic makeup, whatever, and that nutrient supplementation (ortho molecular chemistry, a good diet and some exercise) can do wonders on outlook.
I always feel best when I am excited, or hungry learning something new.

SeventhSense's avatar

@daloon
Yes sometimes just observing and not feeding it is enough
@Garebo
Yes I hear you on the nutrition. I resist the anti depressants but sometimes, I wonder if they might help. I just always think it’s better if I can learn to change my thought patterns and change my brain chemistry as a result. Sometimes it works and other times I’m just too caught up.

nikipedia's avatar

I used to hate it when people said this to me before I started to exercise, but man, does exercise help.

Why not give the antidepressants a shot? Your happiness is important, y’know?

Garebo's avatar

Remember with SSRI’s you will likely gain weight lose your sex drive and possibly act like House!

SeventhSense's avatar

@nikipedia
Thanks niki but I always think about the side effects that Garebo mentioned. Nothing would be more depressing to me than losing my sex drive. Jeez I’m 42 today. sigh

Garebo's avatar

@SeventhSense: that was my short lived personal experience with them. I like the mega doses of targeted supplements. I know there are other drugs your doctor can prescribe for you to counter those effects, but along with them comes the side effects, you know-dry mouth, sudden need to urinate, and insomnia.

Facade's avatar

@Garebo that’s exactly why I refused to take them when I thought I was depressed

Garebo's avatar

@Facade: I guess I am not the only one, good to hear.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

Clean my house
Groom myself
Catch up with my friends
Go out to dinner and/or movies with friends
Listen to a hyperactive music playlist
Watch my diet carefully to make sure I don’t get dehydrated and that I eat regular meals

SABOTEUR's avatar

Since I understand that how is feel is usually the result of what I think, I…

…choose another thought.
——————-
Recommended reading:

As A Man Thinketh by James Allen
http://jamesallen.wwwhubs.com/think.htm

SeventhSense's avatar

@SABOTEUR
Say unto your heart, “Peace, be still!”
Thank you and practical advice in these troubled times.

deni's avatar

watch people at walmart

YCLYHO's avatar

eat doughnuts hmmmmmmmmmm lols

adaqua's avatar

well 3 days ago my dog died soo… i am trying alot of things to feel better. one of them would be try going out, try to forget for a hour or two ( it is really hard for me to forget… it is really hard for me to accually injoy life anymore) do you have any tips for me?
hehe i know that ididnt really help that much but the tip i gave you accually works for me… but not for long… like i said an hour or two thats it

saysay15's avatar

play soccer and shoot alot of goals!!!!!!!!
eat,,,,,,not hang out eith the family, study the easiest subject in schoool…yeah, sums it up :)
oh and eat, eat, EAT

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