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Good enough to bottle. Saturday September 17, 2016

I was mentioning to a friend that some days there are only about 5 minutes in the evening when I feel ok, when I feel confident that I can do things. She mentioned (thanks Jul) that wouldn't it be good if that feeling could be bottled.

I have often thought that if I could bottle the feeling I had when high - not manic - before it gets out of control it would be great to harness that delightfully confident feeling.

If only I could market that feeling. People who have been on drugs describe a similar euphoric feeling.

I like the idea of pouring that feeling I have some evenings into a bottle so I can save it for times when I need it. I would only have to use a tiny bit at a time, maybe dab it on my wrists or even smell it.

Maybe not limit it to that five minutes on a low day but what about when there are many positive and confident feelings that we could preserve for another day. Some days I feel I am connecting and relating well to others and I would like to store that feeling.

Sometimes I remember things well and have good ideas. If I could save that feeling for times when I am forgetful, it would be helpful.

Are there feelings you would like to bottle and save for another day?

Do you have a way of recalling confident emotions when you are low?

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Duma Sat, Sep 17th 2016 @ 6:56am

Hi Leah. I wish I could share how I feel (when I am stable, on a plateau) with all of you.

That's my wish - to pour the world a shot of Pure, stable, mania.

Just so they could get as high as I am.

Sigh, Duma.

Leah Sat, Sep 17th 2016 @ 10:11am

Thanks for replying. I find your dilemma interesting.

PInkwaterfairy Sat, Sep 17th 2016 @ 7:40am

Hi Leah
I've often thought the same, it's so hard to hang on to those positive feelings.
I once read about an idea someone had, which was to write down happy thoughts when you have them on pieces of paper and put ithem in a jam jar - to be taken out and read when not so happy ...

Bearofliddlebrain Sat, Sep 17th 2016 @ 9:58am

I like that idea, Pwf....and in the age of cameras on phones - perhaps take pics of yourself...ah, that would be a selfie!! Or have pics on your phone camera that make you smile and remember happy times. Bear x You are a water fairy...Pwf...and you're gone!

Leah Sat, Sep 17th 2016 @ 10:15am

Pinkwaterfairy, thank you for your comment, I have heard about writing the thoughts down in a jar or journal but then as I am disorganisd I can never find where I have put them!!

Leah Sat, Sep 17th 2016 @ 10:16am

Bear, Think I would pass on the pics but that may work for some!

PInkwaterfairy Sat, Sep 17th 2016 @ 7:40am

Hi Leah
I've often thought the same, it's so hard to hang on to those positive feelings.
I once read about an idea someone had, which was to write down happy thoughts when you have them on pieces of paper and put ithem in a jam jar - to be taken out and read when not so happy ...

Bearofliddlebrain Sat, Sep 17th 2016 @ 9:59am

Pwf....and ye back again!! Bear hugs x

LP Sun, Sep 18th 2016 @ 2:08am

:)) xxx

LP Sat, Sep 17th 2016 @ 8:16am

Hi Leah
One feeling I would love to bottle is a very rare one for me. It's an excited "seize the day feeling" where I spring out of bed looking forward to the day. Can only remember one in recent months. Sunshine is usually involved!

Another is also quute rare, that everything seems to be smooth and effortless.

One that I have some control over is feeling like I'm on top of things. Caught up with things that have been hanging over me, they're done and I feel free.

The feedback from doing moodscope scores reminds us that we have the power to chose how we feel.
I could decide to make this a seize the day and float through everything with effortless ease.

Thanks for a great blog Leah.
Good vibes to all LPxx

Leah Sat, Sep 17th 2016 @ 10:18am

LP I would like to recreate those two feelings you mentioned. Thanks for your comment.

Jul Sat, Sep 17th 2016 @ 9:00am

Hi Leah. I am unable to recreate the feelings I have on a high day. That's why they need to be bottled! I have tried to deny how low I'm feeling and to be cheerful but none of my attempts ring true. I would bottle "laid back' "self confident" "sense of humour" "energy" "high spirits'. I think that as I have such a few good days, when I do,those feelings are perhaps exaggerated and my sense of pure well being is heightened. Lovely blog about elusive feelings. Jul xx

Leah Sat, Sep 17th 2016 @ 10:19am

Jul, If only we could bottle them Thanks for inspiring this blog.xx

Sophie Sat, Sep 17th 2016 @ 9:50am

i would bottle calm and stable. i'm not manic but even for me, the highs and lows of depression/anxiety are exhausting to keep up with. i'd be content with a happy medium...

Leah Sat, Sep 17th 2016 @ 10:20am

Sophie, a happy medium sounds a good thing to aim for. Thanks for taking the time to write a reply.

Sophie Mon, Sep 19th 2016 @ 9:38am

no problem :) i scored my 2nd highest today, which makes me nervous in case im in for a big drop....this is where a happy medium would be most welcome!

Leah Wed, Sep 21st 2016 @ 1:24am

I hope you are well. It is a pity we get nervous if we score too high or are too happy!! Hope you find that happy medium soon.xx

Bearofliddlebrain Sat, Sep 17th 2016 @ 10:05am

Leah! Hi! I'm in a Minnie-the-minx-sort-of-happy-morning.....hence my playfulness with Pinkwaterfairy above!
I would like to bottle this feeling and the feelings of contentedness I get every now and again and hang to the latter when everything goes pear-shaped!!
I think (I have often thought) I don't deserve to be as happy as I can be in any particular moment and then worry about what's going to come along and trip this Bear! So I'd love to bottle some contentedness, happiness and pure joy, for when reality hits and life is sluggishily slow and demanding!
Super duper blog!
Bear hugs all round friends x x x x

Leah Sat, Sep 17th 2016 @ 11:39pm

Bear, I am wary of being too happy. I think I'd like a bottle of your contentedness, happiness and joy.Thanks for your playfulness and for your reply.

N Sat, Sep 17th 2016 @ 1:16pm

Agree wholeheartedly with Sophie, bottled happy medium with a little spray of pride/encouragement when I do manage to do something no matter how small on those hard days and a little bit of mindfulness on those other days when I am over stretching myself and not realising it. I have a notebook of quotes and poems I have mostly collected from Moodscope. I find it can be difficult to remember to read it when most needed but that's where the bottled mindfulness would come in! Thank you for a thought provoking blog Leah Xx

Leah Sat, Sep 17th 2016 @ 11:40pm

N, Thanks for your reply. A bottle of mindfulness I can see offers flooding in!!

The Gardener Sat, Sep 17th 2016 @ 1:47pm

I would love to bottle the whole of the last week - and draw on it at times, like today, when life is utterly appallingly. Mr G was in a week respite - and somehow - I should be flattered I suppose, when I'm alone people seem magnetised. So many lovely people and activities that I did not have time to do Moodscope, let alone post - so you've had three days' peace from my ramblings. When I fetched Mr G they said he had been awful, even rapping other 'patients' on their ankles with his stick. He was demanding and rude - 'infernal' is often used. Today he is abusive, sarcastic self-pitying and cruel - says I 'torment him and enjoy it'. So the bottled pleasure of last week - one man was explain basic Buddhism - be 'aware' but keep your own personality? Space? Distance yourself - not easy when you are being asked where you are every five minutes and sworn at if you don't answer. But life is so good - I am so blessed - living with this man who says he has every right to be angry with the world and with me is horrid, and so wasteful of what life is left to us. Bear, everybody deserves to be happy - why not? Make the best of what is given to you, and never waste your talents. The 'jam jar' idea above, I could have filled loads last week. Silly side thought - in 'The Pursuit of Love' Uncle Matthew would write the names of people he hated (loads) and put them in a drawer, in the belief that they would die within the year! Onwards, and, hopefully, upwards (Number one son favourite).

Leah Sat, Sep 17th 2016 @ 11:43pm

Gardener, Not peace with out your wonderful words, but I just hoped you were relaxing. I am glad you had that lovely week. Take care Leah

Duncan Sat, Sep 17th 2016 @ 8:08pm

I can think of a lot of feelings to put in bottles. If it worked, I would definitely have bottled every minute of every day spent in Italy...what a happy land.

I think the problem with trying to recall happiness when feeling truly down is that everything is distorted, so even the happy memory feels unpleasant. It's really hard to force happiness. Some days I believe it is better to just accept a rotten mood and manage accordingly.

There are some pretty good hypnosis videos on YouTube that can take you out of your mental/emotional trap for a bit. I recommend one called "Can't Stop Laughing." It made me double over with laughter.

Leah Mon, Sep 19th 2016 @ 9:33am

Thanks for your reply Duncan. It is full of good ideas.

Johio Sun, Sep 18th 2016 @ 4:04am

I love this post... and I think that perhaps that is some of the basics why people get caught in the trap of drugs, overeating.. alcohol abuse because they are looking for the good feeling in bottle.... and they can have it.. with consequences.

I am learning to tuck away some good feelings by journaling and then I can go back and reread this stories. Pictures also help.

One thing that I have been practicing is breathing... like meditation type breathing. I have done it long enough now that it only takes a matter of minutes of doing this deep breathing exercise that brings a calming peace into my soul.

Thanks for sharing this post! Great thoughts!

Leah Sun, Sep 18th 2016 @ 4:33am

Johio I am glad you found things that help you. Thanks for taking time to write a reply.

Sally Sun, Sep 18th 2016 @ 10:27am

i can identify with feelings people describe, Leah, on this page. Having just come back from a really great holiday, my mental health is/feels so much better than it was before we left! & i too want to bottle those feelings of happiness, exhilaration, contentment, peace and to know that the world is a huge and constantly impressive, interesting place, as are the people (well,..most of them! ...) that inhabit it. Sometimes when i get low, i forget this fact.
i wasn't even looking forward to going on holiday, it all felt like too much of an effort.

thank you, Leah, for a thought provoking reminder of a blog. Cheers! And virtual hugs to you all!

Leah Mon, Sep 19th 2016 @ 9:34am

sally, Thanks for your comments. I am glad you enjoyed your holiday. I can relate to feeling that a holiday is a huge effort.

Nicco Mon, Oct 3rd 2016 @ 6:48pm

Thanks for this blog, Leah. I can really identify with it. I have thought very often that I would love to bottle peace and bring it out when having a bad down time or dealing with difficult situations. One thing I try to do is, when having a great day with lovely happy, joyful feelings, I tell myself to hang on to that time so that when I have a bad downer I can tell myself that whilst I can't just conjure up the happy feelings, I can remind myself that I am actually capable of feeling good and that it will happen again. The only thing is, I don't know when and I don't know how long the down time will last. But telling myself to hold on because it will pass eventually is helpful. I just get v.nervous in case it lasts a whopping 3yrs without a let-up, like it did once.

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