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.
It’s all extremely complicated.
I really hate these spirals.
At the end of my trauma tantrum, I was faced with a reality that forced me to recognize the importance and overwhelming benefit of coping mechanisms.
It’s important to be aware of what makes you feel better when you have a negative thought you latch on to because it’s best to nip that shit in the bud.
Here’s a list of my holy grail coping mechanisms, the things that pull me out of dark times that lack hope and softness:
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
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?