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Old 05-05-2011  
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What do you do when you feel yourself in a spiral?

I usually try to go for a run or work out for the endorphin rush, but often it seems like nothing I do helps at all. Sometimes all I can do is crawl into bed and try to sleep - I can't watch movies or read to distract myself, its just overpowering and I can barely function.

I'm curious what other people do to cope. I'm running out of ideas and don't want to go in the wrong direction.

We're all mad here.
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What do you do when you feel yourself in a spiral?

I usually try to go for a run or work out for the endorphin rush, but often it seems like nothing I do helps at all. Sometimes all I can do is crawl into bed and try to sleep - I can't watch movies or read to distract myself, its just overpowering and I can barely function.

I'm curious what other people do to cope. I'm running out of ideas and don't want to go in the wrong direction.
you know, vision is a beautiful thing, but u must also use your ears.i would suggest journaling. i find that it helps me to answer my own questions. to me it seems that u just asked a question and then proceeded on to the answer
just open your eyes and see that life is beautiful, and don't forget to listen
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Usually I try to listen to as much music as I can, sometimes it can help me forget some of the negative thoughts. Unfortunately it doesn't always work though. :( So that's why I also keep a journal, to just sort my thoughts so my mind doesn't become too cluttered, and like silent k said, to answer some of my own questions.

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a hike in the woods

a long bike ride

sex

something that will get me out of my own mind and into the present moment

"To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered." - Voltaire

"We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are." - Max De Pree

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anais Nin
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I usually take a walk, or do some gardening while listening to my ipod. If I feel especially bad, then I meditate outside. It makes me feel so much more mellow and peaceful.
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I try to minimise how far down I sprial.

Running is the thing that keeps me going at the moment.

People are like birds they try to hide their pain

This morning I noticed a wildflower, and my thoughts were lost in its colour and form, and the darkness lifted.

And you finally found all your courage to let it all go.
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The writing is a fab idea if it works for you. I want to be a superhero whose power is writing fabulous stories in seconds that everyone loves. I write my feelings down in various forms all the time. It can also help when you read over it in future. I recently found some of my old notebooks from 3 or 4 years ago and I didn't realise just how depressed I was. If I feel down now, I look back over them and consider myself lucky for getting through that unscathed.
Sometimes I also choose a song I like and write funny lyrics to the music. I know it can be hard to find things funny when you're depressed but I highly recommend it.
You could also chuck on a comedy DVD. I usually go for Lee Evans stand up.
Laughter really is the best medicine, if you can find it.
I really hope you do. Big hugs If that's not too weird
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