Thursday, April 30, 2015

Better Things To Do When Depressed

From the ShoKo Show
In case you've been missing out, here's the first post talking about depression today and a few tongue in cheek confessions we can all relate to. As the last instalment on the dark days series, here's a list of a few things i do to clear my head. Hope they help you or a friend out!

Have you ever thought of making a done list instead of a regular to-do? It turns out to be more encouraging when i know i've done something rather then knowing there's a whole other list to care about. Other options include hanging out with pets at an animal shelter, they're way better than people, or hang out with people because hey, free food.

It's okay if you haven't heard of  TED videos yet, doesn't mean you've really been living under a rock. The talks are really inspiring and often funny but most importantly, listening to people talk confidently about the very things they are so passionate about can bring back a few sparks of encouragement. Sometimes, somebody else's energy is all it takes to get you back on your feet.

I've always saved a copy of a beginner's yoga book that i used back in Bombay and now in Dubai. I just automatically feel better after a routine of controlled breaths and balanced poise. There's a feeling of calm right after you're done and eventually you grow to look at things differently. I've found it much easier to venture into the great outside after a session. Brisk walks or swimming work well too.

That's exactly how i started out blogging nearly a decade ago. Writing in a notebook seemed to take up too much space and could be easily found at home. Today, i'm not afraid of letting my fingers type out my feelings for the world to read. If you like to paint or play the piano, that would be a helpful too. 

Skip the air-filled bag of chips and soda. Cooking isn't hard and can be done with 5 ingredients or less. Simple activities like stirring, whisking, measuring or pouring, while the time away, keep you on your toes and can be all you need to perk up your mood.

Often enough, the simple acts of changing out of your comfort clothes, breathing into fresh air and observing things around you, the very world outside your comfort zone can be all that it takes to calm a stormy mind. What makes it even better? A friend. Take someone along who you genuinely enjoy being with. Once you're back home at least you'll know you did something today that's different from yesterday.

7 comments:

  1. keep writing on this topic, it's useful for many.

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  2. Sure, occasionally will try!

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  3. Thank you so much Ms. Rodrigues for sharing your thoughts. It surely help me cope with my low emotion, I wont call it depression though. Thanks a lot. May the good Lord continue to guide you in your writings.

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  4. This post has been so relatable today. Really needed that. You've always had a good way with words Flowie, so good to see you still writing. Love the little poems on pictures too.

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    1. So sorry, I'm replying so late. And thanks. Feels good to have a little support every once in a while. :)

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  5. This post has been so relatable today. Really needed that. You've always had a good way with words Flowie, so good to see you still writing. Love the little poems on pictures too.

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