Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Getting out of the ditch

    Mom called it "being stuck in a rut." I like to call it the ditch. That dark spot when the bad days outnumber the good, when I don't want to do anything, when the grey winter sky matches my grey blah mood. Apathy turns to isolation, which turns into pain and fear. 

    Getting out of this is hard - but here are some ideas.

  • Yoga. Just your basic stuff - little sun salutes and so on. From a video (they are everywhere) or the web - or a book. I prefer a book actually, but a class is best. The class really makes it impossible to completely shut down, isolate, and though it uses up a ton of energy - to leave my grey cloud - the benefits are amazing.
  • A Funny Movie. Think Adam Sandler. Or Jim Carrey. Something stupid can do the trick, or something sophisticated. The key is to laugh - alot. Laughing releases endorphins.
  • A little bit of super dark chocolate. This seems to especially help with the nightly serotonin drop. 
  • A meditating walk. Breathe in the air, feel your body - stop being numb in the shell of panic attack, anxiety, depression. Move your muscles, feel the cold.


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