How do you chase the blues away?

aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
I've got a few of my go-to cheer up habits here... wondering what some of you guys do? Fall has just come in WAY too fast here in KY and not only am I feeling under the weather but also blue! Summer was here just two days ago and now I'm in a sweater with a hood and freezing.

How do you chase the blues away?

Any and all 'other' suggestions are more than welcome!

Thanks everybody... hope your suggestions help chase my blues away, as well as anyone else who visits this thread!

Love,
Alice
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
put on music/sing
23
eat my favorite foods
22
masturbate
22
dance
9
go shopping
17
call up a family member
7
call up a friend/significant other
19
meditate
5
do yoga
4
play games on the computer
17
get out of the house
18
read a book
17
git ta work... on a personal project, or at my job
13
play with a pet
14
go out in nature
11
drink hot tea
10
clean the house
18
exercise
14
other (please let us know your great ideas!)
9
Total votes: 269 (45 voters)
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Illusional Illusional
I listen to musicals, and lovey dovey Disney/MGM songs. Pebble and the Penguin, Aladdin, Thumbelina. They make things better for me.

Or a long shower.

Or ordering chocolates from the Chocolate Fetish and acting all ritzy. lol
09/05/2011
Beck Beck
I clean the house when I am blue or pist. Helps time go by!
09/05/2011
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
i have an iTunes playlist called 'happytimez' that i put on when i need some cheering up. on it are feist's 'i feel it all', the fruit bats 'when u love somebody,' fleetwood mac 'bleed to love her' and quite alot of daft punk.


it's so important to have a pre-plan for when you get blue so you can quickly pull that ace outta your back pocket and turn your frown upside down. that is, if you want to be cheered up, or at least, when you come around to wanting cheered up.
09/05/2011
Ace <3 Ace <3
I'm definitely a summer girl. But I LOVE fall (it smells amazing and I love the fires at night that are so warm). Winter however, is the enemy, especially a northern Wisconsin winter.
09/05/2011
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
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Originally posted by Ace <3
I'm definitely a summer girl. But I LOVE fall (it smells amazing and I love the fires at night that are so warm). Winter however, is the enemy, especially a northern Wisconsin winter.
im the same way. fall is my favorite. but today just felt like jumping straight to winter! my throat closed up, my bones felt cold rattly achy and my joy ran away into its hibernationcave.
09/05/2011
lilmamma lilmamma
My husband always knows when im upset cause he says I start "super cleaning" the house and sing sad songs. lol
09/06/2011
Elnoa Elnoa
I like to exercise, clean the house, sometimes be lazy (after doing the other two), or go work at the lab.
09/06/2011
indiglo indiglo
I do almost all the things on your list! Depending on how I'm feeling, physical exertion could be the first option, but if I'm not feeling well, I'll put on a funny movie, or watch a funny show on Netflix, play some games, play with my pets... anything to get my mind off the negative and onto something positive.
09/06/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I'll normally put on a movie or watch TV.
09/06/2011
AndroAngel AndroAngel
I mix and match, tea, meditation, then reading, or calling my lover and getting away for a while.
09/06/2011
Sunshineamine Sunshineamine
Pretty much all of those things but exercise, yoga and getting out in nature (easy to do I live in the middle of the woods) work best for me.
09/06/2011
Illusional Illusional
Futurama and American Dad help too.
09/06/2011
GravyCakes GravyCakes
if i'm feeling down, i usually need to get myself around people like my friends.
09/06/2011
Avant-garde Avant-garde
Meditation, its been proven to alter brain waves that increase positive emotions and reduce negative ones. Today I meditated for a total of about an hour and a half.
09/07/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
I've always wanted to try meditation, but I'm a fidgeter! I can't stop moving long enough to attain the clearmindedness (you know what I'm talking about ) that's central to the task.

My emotions are pretty fickle. I often get in funks, and I normally just brood on them, but if I focus on things that provide superficial happiness, and keep that up over time, I find that the 'core sadness' lifts. I do this by ordering a book I've had an eye on, but having got because it's a little pricey (I've become addicted to ordering things from amazon!), watching one of my favourite TV shows, like Chuck, reading a book, playing a mindless game.
09/07/2011
kendra30752 kendra30752
So sorry for you. I'm having the same exact problem! I tackled some hard-core cleaning today. I don't know how it turned so cold so quickly, but I hope we get a little bit of warm weather before we're in for good. To keep the yuckies away we've been listening to music constantly! Nothing cheers me up like cramming me my partner and the kid in my bedroom, cranking up HANSON (my fav band!) and trying to work on my school work, etc. while they are making me laugh hysterically! Lol. We've had a really good time though. Last night our power went out and it was terrible because the kids didn't have school due to flooding and we were up working on my school work right when it went out! We played bejeweled in my bed til it came back on. Today though, my partner and the kids played outside for a few minutes since he needed to practice for football. Then we entertained ourselves by throwing a hat on each other's head and trying to get it on. Lol I never did, but my man did! He was pretty good. Lol. It's rough being stuck inside because we HATE the cold. We're usually outside with the kids or in the pool with them. I'm going to miss that!
09/07/2011
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by aliceinthehole
I've got a few of my go-to cheer up habits here... wondering what some of you guys do? Fall has just come in WAY too fast here in KY and not only am I feeling under the weather but also blue! Summer was here just two days ago and now I'm in a ... More
One of my new ways...NO KIDDING, is to spend time on these forums. How can you be BLUE reading and writing about sex????
09/07/2011
SiNn SiNn
Quote:
Originally posted by aliceinthehole
I've got a few of my go-to cheer up habits here... wondering what some of you guys do? Fall has just come in WAY too fast here in KY and not only am I feeling under the weather but also blue! Summer was here just two days ago and now I'm in a ... More
honestly depends onwh y i feel that way sometimesi just sleep
09/07/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
If I'm feeling really upset or angry cause of a discussion gone wrong with Master, then I'll sometimes go for a walk in nature (I live in the sticks). But half the time it can make me stew on it more.
If it's REALLY affected me deeply, sometimes a quick cry (no one saw me type that - I'll deny everything...hehe) will totally rid it from my system and I'm back to myself again.
09/07/2011
Dawn (Lilac Distraction) Dawn (Lilac Distraction)
Make artsy things and play video games!
09/07/2011
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
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Originally posted by Illusional
Futurama and American Dad help too.
agreed!! southpark and family guy are my fallbacks.
09/07/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
Reading has always been the best way for me to deal with my depression.
09/07/2011
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
Quote:
Originally posted by Avant-garde
Meditation, its been proven to alter brain waves that increase positive emotions and reduce negative ones. Today I meditated for a total of about an hour and a half.
what kind of meditation do you do? could you explain your method? thanks so much.
09/07/2011
Avant-garde Avant-garde
Quote:
Originally posted by Errant Venture
I've always wanted to try meditation, but I'm a fidgeter! I can't stop moving long enough to attain the clearmindedness (you know what I'm talking about ) that's central to the task.

My emotions are pretty fickle. I often ... More
You might want to look up walking meditation. That might be more your thing
09/09/2011
Avant-garde Avant-garde
Quote:
Originally posted by aliceinthehole
what kind of meditation do you do? could you explain your method? thanks so much.
I practice Vipassna meditation, which translates to Insight mediation. It involves being mindful or simply aware of internal or external activity by labeling it and not to pass judgement analyze. It teaches you to see thing as they are objectively, which brings about a certain peace of mind that can be practiced at anytime. There are two ways that I practice It.

1. Find a place that's nice and quiet that you can sit comfortably in for a little while. Then find a position that's most comfortable for you, but don't lie down because you might fall asleep unless that's you goal. Once you find a comfortable position close your eyes and choose a meditation object, which is something that you have decided to be mindful of. A meditation object could be anything, but the simplest and easiest one is the breath. So, with your eyes closed say rising as you inhale and falling as you exhale; don't say it before or after you inhale and exhale because the whole point is to be mindful of it. Now, you will find your mind quickly wandering and losing focus alot. The next thing to do Is be mindful of your wandering mind by saying to your self distracted if your distracted, hearing if you hearing something, pain if your feeling pain, thinking if you are thinking, etc. Doing this for 15 to 20 minutes a day can be quiet beneficial.
I suggest doing this as soon as possible after you wake up because the benefits can carry over for the rest of the day.

The second method is very similar it involves incorporating the practice during everyday life. This is done by simply labeling what is happening, if you get angry you say to yourself angry, or if you are frustrated you say to your self frustrated and continue to say it to yourself until it has passed.

This practice teaches you a great deal about how your mind works giving you the mental tools and knowledge to handle any part of life making you a more balanced person. It also teaches you to be calmer and prevents you form going between extremes as often and makes it easier to come back to a balance.

In summary the practice helps to bring about happiness by calming the mind among other benefits. This is done by being aware of things objectively in the present moment. I hope I haven't overloaded you with information and this proves to be of benefit to you.

If you want to learn where I learned the practice you can look up a Buddhist monk on Youtube named yuttadhammo. He has videos that teach you about meditation excluding all the spiritual and religious mumbo jumbo.
09/09/2011
Avant-garde Avant-garde
Quote:
Originally posted by Avant-garde
You might want to look up walking meditation. That might be more your thing
A Buddhist monk on youtube named yuttadhammo has tutorials on walking meditation that excludes any spiritual and religious mumbo jumbo.
09/09/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
Indeed? Thanks, Garde! I'll go check him out (though I don't mind a bit of spiritual mumbo jumbo )
09/09/2011
tickle me pink tickle me pink
Surfing the net and watching my favorite TV shows usually cheers me up when I'm feeling down. At the very least it makes it easier to keep my mind off things.
09/11/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
Quote:
Originally posted by Avant-garde
I practice Vipassna meditation, which translates to Insight mediation. It involves being mindful or simply aware of internal or external activity by labeling it and not to pass judgement analyze. It teaches you to see thing as they are objectively, ... More
I tried that sort of meditation before sleeping (not because I thought I'd give it a quick try, but because I wanted to use it to help me go to sleep), and something very weird happened with my eyes. Is it normal for your eyesight to become fuzzy? Too, the room in front of me seemed to flicker, as if it were an old, jumpy movie :S . On the plus side, I did get to sleep a lot quicker. And I managed to sleep a lot longer.
09/12/2011
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