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@ Things that help me when I'm down and anxious

Posted by @stressedmesseddepressed, Fri, Mar 23 1:22pm

Hi everybody, I hope I’m not posting too much today but I wanted to share (many do this already) 2 things that help me when I’m feeling esp. down and anxious. One is to pick funny (clean I like) comedian and watch comedy youtubes. Brian Regan is super funny and totally clean. I will share a link to a hilarious routine. (Remember, Dr. Norman Cousins, book – “Anatomy of an Illness” largely used comedy movies to heal himself. The other thing is uplifting music. I like spotify.com bc it’s free (the basic membership) and I can hand-pick my favorite songs and make the play list an hour, 2, 3 whatever you want. Uplifting, happy songs, actually, music generally, lifts my mood. Also, I read that just the act of smiling (even forcing a smile) lifts mood in the brain. Feel better everybody, soon!

So funny to me! Hope it makes you laugh if you watch.

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Watching comedy YouTubes is a great idea for a mood lifter/calmer, @stressedmesseddepressed, as is listening to music you love.

In fact, if you've not already, you might check out this Connect thread on music where members talk about how music helps them, how they use it, etc. https://mayocl.in/2IMLB5e. I've also heard about the effects of merely smiling on one's mood. Great reminder.

I'm also tagging @johnbishop @predictable @duvie @curlysunflowers @clubohara@kwilbur @slavinray @roxie43 @arionmayo, many of whom have talked about the benefits of watching some comedy regularly, for their thoughts.

Have you been watching any comedy during down or anxious moments at all this week, @stressedmesseddepressed?

Hello @stressedmesseddepressed — thank you for posting this, laughing is good for the soul and is contagious. Here's an experiment that's been around awhile but still makes me laugh.

Also, one of my favorite sites to go to when I need a little uplifting is http://stressfree.org/ where Dr. Amit Sood has some featured videos that will help you understand how the brain works and how you gain some greater peace and happiness. Here's one of my favorite videos from his site:

John

Destroying art work that is good for nothing helps me. Laughing as I type these words-seriously as it has a cleansing feel. I know I am helping my adult children by not having any feelings of guilt. In one of my hysterical modes.

All things that once helped are now beyond my reach. I do believe I am all worn out and weary.

I sincerely wish I could help each of you. Perhaps you don't think there is any real hope and I'm sorry. You may think my depression was mild, but a mild depression doesn't land you in the Psychiatric Ward of the hospital taking Insulin Shock Treatments. What I'm trying to do is to hold out hope. Yes, I inherited the genes. I've told you my grandfather shot my grandmother and then himself because of depression. My mother who was a nurse had to give up her work because of depression. When I was released from the hospital I knew surviving on pills was not the way for me. Yes, I was sick, throwing up, dizzy, but the pills had gone into the trash can. I cried, slept, pushed friends away, read self help books when I finally was able to concentrate a little and thought I could not possibly stand to live that way. It took years, but what I'm trying to say is I survived, there is hope. I have learned to enjoy life again. It is not the same. I no longer have the highs, but at the same time, I no longer have the lows. I am content and have a deep peace. I am in a better place.
I love you and wish you well. Never, never give up. Keep hanging on. There will be good days and bad days, but eventually there will be more good days.

I would say that many of us are struggling and we are also trying to have a better quality of life. Since we do post from time to time we are surviving even if only existing is the best we can do at the moment.

@parus

I would say that many of us are struggling and we are also trying to have a better quality of life. Since we do post from time to time we are surviving even if only existing is the best we can do at the moment.

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Thank you @parus – well said. I remind myself every day – one day at a time, one step at a time. Wishing we could declare Friday as a pain free day.

Hilarious video! Puts everything in perspective.
Thank you stressedmessed for making my day!

Hi — just wanted to follow up on one of the suggestions for lifting your mood @stressedmesseddepressed recommended previously, watching comedy shows. Ever since I returned from Vegas this summer having gone to the Jim Gaffigan comedy show, my husband and I are watching streaming comedy shows some evenings. I have found it really does lift my mood — feels great to laugh a lot at the jokes, see my husband enjoying himself watching the show, and then smiling and laughing as I think back on some of the jokes later that evening or in the days after.

@annedodrill44 @johnbishop @parus @liz223 – have you gotten the chance to try out comedy to lift your spirits?

Thanks Lisa @lisalucier for tagging me. I sometimes feel like my life is one big comedy so I can relate and it's the little things that lift my mood. I just returned from a funeral and while sitting in the pew before the service I received a text from my daughter. Having and iWatch can be convenient – it shows the text on your watch and you can scroll up and press one word replys. I was trying to respond to her text with OK to answer her text to let me when your done with your appointment today. Unfortunately anything you press on gets sent, no second chances and I pressed "Hello". The next text from her was "What?".

Watching old time comedy shows is definitely a lift for me, especially the old Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis routines or the Abbott and Costello shows. Actually just about any comedian not on the dark side makes me feel good.

Hope eveyone out there has a great Friday…kind of rainy and gloomy here but I know how to fix that. Looking for a comedy DVD right now!

@johnbishop Oh how I can identify with those text messages!!! I too feel/see my life as one big comedy. I like watching Mr. Ed, Leave It To Beaver, etc. Back when comedy was clean.
My Friday was okay and we are having glorious thunder-boomers this morning (Saturday). Thankful I do not live in Hawaii.
Here is to all of us oldies and goodies.

@lisalucier

Hi — just wanted to follow up on one of the suggestions for lifting your mood @stressedmesseddepressed recommended previously, watching comedy shows. Ever since I returned from Vegas this summer having gone to the Jim Gaffigan comedy show, my husband and I are watching streaming comedy shows some evenings. I have found it really does lift my mood — feels great to laugh a lot at the jokes, see my husband enjoying himself watching the show, and then smiling and laughing as I think back on some of the jokes later that evening or in the days after.

@annedodrill44 @johnbishop @parus @liz223 – have you gotten the chance to try out comedy to lift your spirits?

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@lisalucier I answered to @johnbishop about comedies. It seems I am a living, breathing comedy. All of this tech stuff leaves me looking like an idiot-funny when I need to ask my 3 year old grandson how to do something technical. His father (my son) is a computer tech. I have upgraded to an iPhone which has proved to be hilarious!!!
If it were not for my sense of humor I would have succumbed entirely to the deep, dark depression pit.

@parus

@johnbishop Oh how I can identify with those text messages!!! I too feel/see my life as one big comedy. I like watching Mr. Ed, Leave It To Beaver, etc. Back when comedy was clean.
My Friday was okay and we are having glorious thunder-boomers this morning (Saturday). Thankful I do not live in Hawaii.
Here is to all of us oldies and goodies.

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Hi @parus, you mentioned a comedy Mr. Ed which brought back some great memories for me. My name growing up was Ed and it stuck with me when I joined the Navy. When the Mr. Ed show started all my shipmates started calling me "Mr. Ed" and saluting me which caused our division officer to ask why are they saluting you and calling you Mr. Ed, you are not an officer? I had to laugh and tell him why:

A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
And no one can talk to a horse of course
That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr. Ed.

Then I had to admit they were mocking me and calling me a horse when they were saluting me which made him laugh. I even had a coffee cup made in Japan for my nickname.

John

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@parus

@johnbishop Oh how I can identify with those text messages!!! I too feel/see my life as one big comedy. I like watching Mr. Ed, Leave It To Beaver, etc. Back when comedy was clean.
My Friday was okay and we are having glorious thunder-boomers this morning (Saturday). Thankful I do not live in Hawaii.
Here is to all of us oldies and goodies.

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@johnbishop Hey, as long as they were not referring the the south end ending north it is a compliment. Hard to beat a good horse and the sense that accompanies.
Thank you for sharing an interesting recall.
You may also appreciate this portrait I painted of Mr. Ed.
Mayhap I ought to have this placed upon my coffee cup…I do like the "who me" as well.
Again thanks for another smile in my day. My chronic pain doth lessen when smiling.

Mr

@parus

@johnbishop Oh how I can identify with those text messages!!! I too feel/see my life as one big comedy. I like watching Mr. Ed, Leave It To Beaver, etc. Back when comedy was clean.
My Friday was okay and we are having glorious thunder-boomers this morning (Saturday). Thankful I do not live in Hawaii.
Here is to all of us oldies and goodies.

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Love the portrait!

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