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7 Self-Caring Activities for When You’re Stuck in Your Head

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  1. I use nature a lot to battle tough times like that. It really brings it back home to me and allows me to see not everything is as it seems in my head. Nature is so simple and calming, the world can be complicated and frustrating. Nature relaxes me more than anything else that i’ve tried. Even in times when my thoughts and emotions are far too much, it always brings me back. Sometimes I climb trees too which helps. The best natural anti-depressant.

    • Hi Scott—definitely! Nature is one of my favorite tools: going for walks and hikes, riding a bike around, climbing things, sitting in silence, observing animals, and so on. Being in nature can be tremendously helpful.


    • I certainly agree. I love the bush and the ocean and just getting out into the sunshine.

  2. Hi, i spend time in nature as well. It helps ground me when I’m stuck in my head. I go to yoga classes as well and feel so much calmer afterwards.

  3. Thank you for this. All excellent points, and ones that I regularly use. One thing that I continue to find very hard: I’ve spoken to a small number of close friends about my problem – and though the problem doesn’t change or go away (it can’t), with only one exception, they never come back to it, refer to what I shared, at considerable cost. I feel as if I’ve been in a car crash and lost a leg, but no-one notices. They all act as if I’m fine and should just get on with life as before the crash…

    • Maybe your friends don’t want to keep talking about “the crash” because they feel overwhelmed and wish you would move on, but they don’t know how to tell you that. Don’t take it personally. In my experience friends are good to listen to my struggle for a little while (one particular person even cuts me off when she doesn’t want to listen to me anymore and that hurts a bit). Talking to friends can only go so far, like talking to your family members or spouse/partner. One thing that I have realized is that I don’t want to alienate them. Ultimately, in my view, the only people who can handle because these kinds of conversations consistently are professionals

      • If ‘ the crash ‘ was a real life scenerio then family, friends and colleagues, in my experience, wouldn’t have a problem talking about it. I had a horrific accident a few years ago and people are still intriguid, and openly ask me about it. I don’t want to re-live this again and again.
        In 2017, we are still openly stigmatising towards people with mental health problems. Why is it still such a taboo subject. Just because you cannot see it doesn’t mean it’s not a problem.

      • So true. I have a cousin who ended up in a psychiatric ward a few years back but the family just didn’t want to acknowledge that she had a problem. One of the comments made by her mother was that if she just came home to her then she would be able to look after her. I think in a lot of cases we don’t know enough about mental illness; it’s not like a broken limb that we can see. Perhaps fear and ignorance plays a part by people who don’t really understand. I think support groups might be the answer for the both the patient and their family/friends to encourage more awareness.


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