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depression tips

The other day I was picking on posts that have unhelpful-to-me tips for handling depression. In this post I'll mention a helpful-to-me depression aid, and ask for some advice.

Helpful-to-me thing: http://boggletheowl.tumblr.com/
This is a depression support blog where a cartoon owl offers a lot of encouragement and a little bit of advice. Some of the people writing in say upsetting things and sometimes Boggle is a bit too sweet. But I find the high encouragement to advice ratio helpful. (When you're depressed, what are some helpful things for you?)

Advice request:
I used to e-socialize a lot via mailing lists. These days it seems all the topical activity that used to occur in mailing lists has moved to Facebook. I check Facebook once or twice a day. But I've noticed that I usually end up feeling worse afterward. Part of it is that people post so much bad news. And OK, I do belong to some groups there where the whole purpose is to post bad news. But it's not just those groups that make me feel bad. I guess I could just quit reading FB, or limit myself to reading only a few people I have no other way to connect with. But it would be nice if there were a less drastic option or some way to approach FB that doesn't get me all riled up. (Does this happen to you?)

This entry was originally posted at http://firecat.dreamwidth.org/807231.html, where there are comment count unavailable comments. I prefer that you comment on Dreamwidth, but it's also OK to comment here.

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kshandra
Apr. 12th, 2013 02:23 pm (UTC)
Boggle is good. Calming Manatee is another good blog in this same vein.
firecat
Apr. 12th, 2013 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
firecat
Apr. 12th, 2013 06:04 pm (UTC)
Intense dark music can help. Looking at pictures of nature, space, and dark imagery online can help.

These help me too.

Your FB doesn't depress me. Sometimes I feel mad because life is hard for you right now in ways that are society's fault. But that's not the same thing.

There are two ways to restrict people:
--On a person's page, click Friends, and in the menu click Add To Another List, then Restricted.
--Anywhere on FB, click the gear icon in the top right, click Privacy Settings, Blocking, then in the Restricted List setting, click "Edit List".

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ljgeoff
Apr. 12th, 2013 06:00 pm (UTC)
The best thing for me when I'm depressed is to have someone come and take me for a walk. This someone is Mike about 98% of the time. He knows that I don't want a walk and he knows that I know that it'd be good for me and he tells me this and it makes sense so most of the time I go with him and walk.

And we talk about what else I can do to make myself feel better. Sometimes I think there is nothing that will make me feel better, but if I can find something to physically do, even if it's something dreadful like housework, if someone does it with me and talks with me while we're doing it, I will begin to feel better.
firecat
Apr. 12th, 2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
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