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A list of goodly things. Friday May 15, 2015

It's never a bad idea to record the things that help us through the dips, is it? Here is what is working for me at the moment.

Speaking in Tongues.

Whilst endeavoring to read or learn a new phrase in Spanish, and then repeating it out loud, I can't possibly at the same time pay heed to the 'monsters of the mind'.

She Shall Have Music Wherever She Goes.

As much as I don't particularly like being inaccessible to fellow humans when I'm out and about, if music helps a kinder tune enter my head - as opposed to the chaotic chorus of self-flagellating thoughts - then I'm not going to be snobbish about it. I'll have music wherever I go.

Obeying the Gut.

My digestive system, like my mind, is rather more fragile than I like to accept. Steering clear of processed fare, cutting back on, or giving up, sugar, gluten, dairy and meat, and eating more fresh produce never fails to aid my mental well-being.

On The Radio. is an online radio station that plays only ethereal music. It envelopes my home with calming, chilled sounds. It can trick me into believing that I too am calm.

And then there is Radio 4's Just A Minute. The object of the game is for panellists to talk for sixty seconds on a given subject, "without hesitation, deviation or repetition". The comedy and banter that ensues always manages to reel me in and get me tittering.

IKEA's Expedit 5x5 Book Shelves.

Oh this is worthy of a post all of its own. Coming soon!

What The Eye Can See The Hand Will Draw.

Whilst drawing, the eye is so intently focused on its subject that, once again, the mind is forced to pipe down and be quiet.

In Suspense.

A suspenseful (non disturbing) film is about the only form of TV that can pull me in enough to give my mind a welcome rest for a couple of hours. Mind you, I must admit, gazing at that yummy Mr Poldark each Sunday evening does me no harm either!

Walk it Off.

Going for a walk, preferably some place pleasant, always my aids my troubled head.

These are a few of my (current) favourite things. What's helping you right now?

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The Entertrainer Fri, May 15th 2015 @ 6:27am

I'm singing, "These are a few of my favourite things!" Great list, Suzy, great list! L'xx

Mariana Espinoza Fri, May 15th 2015 @ 7:18am

Thanks Suzy. What a wonderful list! Have a nice weekend.

Melissa D. Fri, May 15th 2015 @ 7:29am

I LOVE YOUR WRITING!!! Suzy you're one of my faves. Another good thing I've heard is N.U.R.S.E. which stands for Nutrition, Understanding friends, Rest and Relaxation, Spirituality and Exercise.

Les Fri, May 15th 2015 @ 7:35am

Hi Suzy

To provide 'thoughts' for people to choose from and turn into action is a wonderful skill.

To do it so succinctly is a talent that helps improve the planet.


Julia Fri, May 15th 2015 @ 8:50am

Hi Suzy. The name of the IKEA bookshelves has changed! They are now called KALLAX. (just in case other shopaholics rush to the Ikea site to look for Expedit) I love them. Thank you for these Suzy and for making me think about things which totally take me away from my negative thinking. A box set called In Treatment did it for me once and it remains my all time TV series. A good film at the cinema. A rock concert (definitely)..Um..I am still thinking.

Hopeful One Fri, May 15th 2015 @ 9:01am

Hi Suzy pumpkins- My karaoke machine where I can belt out a tune and teach my self the lyrics of a song.

Anonymous Fri, May 15th 2015 @ 10:31am

Hi Suzy. enjoyed these. And soooo timely for me as I've just produced a similar 'staying well' list only this week(also accompagnied with a list of my personal 'Early warning signs' that I could be experiencing a relapse in mood or wellbeing). Best wishes Jen x

Mary Blackhurst Hill Fri, May 15th 2015 @ 12:12pm

Suzy - Luuuuurve you! A wonderful list! Can't wait to hear more about the bookshelves! I also find nice smells help me. Burning a "forbidden fruits" candle here as I write (and most appropriate too - for the kind of thing I write when not writing for Moodscope and my Fashion blog!)

Anonymous Fri, May 15th 2015 @ 3:20pm

Hi Suzy, when not at work, i crawl into bed in the afternoon with a spiritual book and Jazzfm (Classic FM if i'm really miserable). Great idea for a blog, thank you. susan xx

Anonymous Fri, May 15th 2015 @ 4:34pm

Thanks Suzy, it is often doing practical things like gardening that help put up a barrier to dwelling on negative thoughts. Some days radio 4 or heartfm are on all the time to act as a diversion...
On bad days meditation or positive thinking don't cut the mustard, then I need something more active like time at the gym, or even in the local sauna.

Anonymous Fri, May 15th 2015 @ 10:35pm

Brilliant list! I think it's a great idea to have these things written down. It makes it a committment as well as providing a light for dark days. Thank you Suzy! Love from the room above the garage x.

Suzy Sat, May 16th 2015 @ 12:44pm

And I LOVE your acronym! Thank you for sharing!

Suzy Sat, May 16th 2015 @ 12:47pm

Yes, I have only one word for IKEA: Why?
Although they still do "Kallax" (formerly known as Expedit) they don't do the 5x5 anymore and it's a dashed shame, I'm telling you. Grrrrrr.

Suzy Sat, May 16th 2015 @ 12:58pm

Thanks peoples for all your input and thoughts.
It's SOO very true, I think, what Anon 4:34 said about mindfulness just not cutting the mustard on the bad days, this is when distraction is needed.
I also like Jen's idea of an early warning list. That has been something I've been thinking about as I'm emerging from this last depression. Why has it taken me so long realise the importance of such a list?!
Ahh thanks again folks. FULL of cold and "gripe" (for Ms Espinoza;o) at moment and so your comments made my day y'day.

Teresa Sun, May 17th 2015 @ 8:19pm

Thank you Suzy for a great list. For me, exercise and being outside really seem to help as does baking. All of these so easy to do when feeling well; so much harder when not well.

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