Reading the Bible and Praying
Prayer is just about everything. When I get down and out prayer is what brings me back up. Getting close to Jesus makes all the difference. When your feeling down PRAY, PRAY, and PRAY. Prayer is the primary work of Gods’ people. Pray people! Its important. I need to make sure that I am praying everyday as well. No one is perfect, were all just imperfect people trying to be more like Jesus. Reading helps as well. But nothing is better than reading the bible. The best part about reading the bible and praying is God always seems to ease your mind and make you feel better. God can do anything and he will help you though whatever your going though. God wants you to be happy and will help you do so if you just ask.
Taking a Shower/Bath
Theres something about taking a shower that feels so great. Try taking a bath or a shower next time you are not in the right mind. It just might help.I take a shower just about every night to make me happy. My therapist tells me to do things that make me happy. Thats defiantly one of them. Taking a shower relaxes me and makes me feel so much better.
Going for a Walk
Going for a walk is a great way to distract your mind from whats going on. Getting outside is always good for mental health as well. I like to take my dogs with me when I walk. Last summer I took Cody, my golden retriever, for a walk every day to go get the mail. Getting outside is so good for you. Try taking your pets or kids for a walk when things are getting tough. Take a break from what your thinking about and go for a walk.
Pet a Cat/Dog
Okay, so if you know me then you know that I absolutely love dogs. My love for dogs is bordering on obsessive. I love dogs. When I get depressed Cody knows it and he sticks right by my side and is always there for me. When I had my cat Phil, he did the exact same thing. Phil would always come sit right next to me and let me pet him until i felt a little better. There is such a thing as emotional support animals and they are seriously great. Dogs and cats are so smart and intuitive. They know when your feeling down and only want to help. Try petting a dog next time you feel down. Seriously, if you don’t have a dog go to the shelter and walk dogs. Dogs and cats are a great way to cope with whatever is going on.
I have an adult coloring book which I absolutely love. Not only does it take me back to childhood when I loved life and nothing was hard about it, but it also helps with my anxiety. Focusing on one thing is a great way for me to deal with anxiety. It’s hard to focus on one thing when you are going crazy in your own mind, but coloring always helps me calm down. When I was in the hospital at behavioral health services all I did all day was color. There wasn’t much to do there, but coloring helped pass the time.
Taking a nap is a good way to recharge and feel better. I love naps they always make me happy. I have little to no energy all the time, and naps always seem to recharge me. Not only is a nap good for recharging, but its also good to take a break from life for a minute. I don’t recommend this all the time, because you can’t sleep your life away, however, a nap once in a while is always okay and it can be really helpful.
Writing the blog has helped immensely. It doesn’t even matter if anyone even reads it. I just love writing and getting it all out there. Its a beautiful therapy. You can take thoughts and ideas and share them with people that are going through the same thing. When I started this blog I honestly didn’t expect it to be such good therapy, but it totally is. I love writing again and it helps to get it all out and in the open. I highly suggest journaling or blogging if your going through something rough.
Going to Coffee
Going out in public sucks when your depressed. When I’m depressed I just want to stay home and do nothing. I want to lay in my bed and literally do nothing. I don’t want to watch tv, i don’t want to listen to music, i just want to lay there. Even though it sucks to get up, get dressed and go out to public, it’s still very important to do so. The other day I was feeling down and my mom told me to get up and she would be at my house in 10 minutes because she wanted to take me to ice cream. Even though I really didn’t want to go, I am glad I went because it ended up being a lot better for me than lying there. And I ultimately felt better after going. Going out for coffee with a friend is always good therapy. A friend will always make things seem a little lighter.
List of Eight ways I cope when going through a hard time:
- Reading The Bible and Praying
- Taking a Shower
- Going for a Walk
- Petting a Dog/Cat
- Taking a Nap
- Going for Coffee