Climbing out of the depression hole,

Hey, it’s me again.

Just had a meltdown.

By the end, there was insight and calm.

And for that, I am grateful.

Anxiety and depression sucks.

It’s all extremely complicated.

Damn I hate these spirals. 


The important insight at the end of my trauma tantrum was recognizing the importance and overwhelming benefit of coping mechanisms. It’s important to be mindful of what things make you feel better when you have a negative thought you latch on to, because that is e x a c t l y when you need it the most. 


Here’s a list of my holy grail coping mechanisms:

  • Weed. That’s right, you heard me. 

  • Hested rice bag and/or heating pad

  • Essential oils (lavender, signature chi, breathe)

  • Working on ‘fancy stuff’ / writing / vision mapping 

  • Organizing / cleaning 

  • Purging junk drawers, closet, stuff that does not belong in my car, etc 

  • Breathing 

  • Weighted blanket 

  • Reading through previous entries and quotes in my 5 minute journal 

  • Picturing myself outside of myself / self pep talk / mirror bitch vibes

  • Spending time with people who are good for my mental health

  • Calling my parents 

  • Making a list of what’s overwhelming me and turning it into a to do list with realistic solutions for each item

  • Taking things one step at a time 

What’s on your list?


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