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 sucks.

Depression blows.

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 

  • 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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