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Shinboner1

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Aug 13, 2020
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Yeah head down to Arden St, there's something extra special about watching pre-season training during a rebuild.

It's strange; when times are tough for me (GAD, OCD, MDD), I find bliss in solitude but that comfort really does stifle my recovery. I find running helps a lot - getting your body moving in any way possible can make a world of difference. What are you into besides footy?
Also helps being outside in the sun too, vitamin D can be a magical thing.
Play some beach volleyball, enjoy making fantasy football content.
 

Cluggage

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Also helps being outside in the sun too, vitamin D can be a magical thing.
Play some beach volleyball, enjoy making fantasy football content.
That's exactly right! Did you get out to training yesterday? Would've been hot in the sun!

I love playing volleyball, even though I'm terrible. In a social setting it's fantastic as well. Are you in to Supercoach of AFL fantasy?
 

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Cluggage

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I'm feeling down tonight. I'm going to go to the docs tomorrow. I should be enjoying my life at the moment but I'm not. I feel aspects of my life caving in and I really hate how I don't feel great mentally.

Tonight's a struggle
Really great work on sorting a Dr's appointment, mate. That's such a mature step; you're a badass :cool:

How are you feeling this morning? Any other plans for today?
 

Shinboner1

Norm Smith Medallist
Aug 13, 2020
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That's exactly right! Did you get out to training yesterday? Would've been hot in the sun!

I love playing volleyball, even though I'm terrible. In a social setting it's fantastic as well. Are you in to Supercoach of AFL fantasy?
Nah didn't make it out, I think the heat kept me away too.
I play supercoach.
 

TheGreatGrundy

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Jul 21, 2008
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People who have suggested to go for a daily walk need to have, get or borrow a dog. Apart from having something which adds structure to a day, a dog has the added advantage of making the walk more meaningful, providing company and creating opportunity for social interaction. I retired too early and took up dog minding and walking. I juggle up to 4 dogs a week, with one regular daily walker, one that I mind three days a week, one I walk mornings 3 days a week and one that I mind irregularly but often. The dogs also give me added income of about $550 a week, a bonus given I lost a large sum of money during lockdown 2 years back.

Whatever your daily diversion, having a activity which becomes a bit obsessive really helps overcome the daily pain of living. For 4 hours a day, I can sort of switch off my problems and feelings of hopelessness. The Thais have a saying - 'Don't think too much', which I initially took as indicating shallowness but now see for what it is, a means of coping with stress or anxieties which threaten to overwhelm. My Thai mate got through 9 years of prison applying this to his daily existence. We choose sometimes to wallow in our problems, to dwell on negativity rather than lay it aside and just do something to occupy ourselves physically and emotionally.

F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote: “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function - for instance, to believe that life is hopeless but be determined to make it otherwise'. Sometimes philosophically accepting that you have hit rock bottom and realising that this is likely as bad as it gets helps with both coping and healing.
 

Dogs_R_Us

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May 3, 2001
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People who have suggested to go for a daily walk need to have, get or borrow a dog. Apart from having something which adds structure to a day, a dog has the added advantage of making the walk more meaningful, providing company and creating opportunity for social interaction. I retired too early and took up dog minding and walking. I juggle up to 4 dogs a week, with one regular daily walker, one that I mind three days a week, one I walk mornings 3 days a week and one that I mind irregularly but often. The dogs also give me added income of about $550 a week, a bonus given I lost a large sum of money during lockdown 2 years back.

Whatever your daily diversion, having a activity which becomes a bit obsessive really helps overcome the daily pain of living. For 4 hours a day, I can sort of switch off my problems and feelings of hopelessness. The Thais have a saying - 'Don't think too much', which I initially took as indicating shallowness but now see for what it is, a means of coping with stress or anxieties which threaten to overwhelm. My Thai mate got through 9 years of prison applying this to his daily existence. We choose sometimes to wallow in our problems, to dwell on negativity rather than lay it aside and just do something to occupy ourselves physically and emotionally.

F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote: “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function - for instance, to believe that life is hopeless but be determined to make it otherwise'. Sometimes philosophically accepting that you have hit rock bottom and realising that this is likely as bad as it gets helps with both coping and healing.
Great post 👍. Plus, having to think about the well-being of someone else, the dog/s, takes your mind off yourself for a while. Plus, dogs can provide enjoyment and bring a smile to your face, even if you don’t feel like it.

A friend of mine does dog-minding in their house, up to a week at a time, or a few days. Started off with friends’ dogs, then word of mouth brought a few other clients. That’s a bit harder if your house isn’t suitable, but dog-walking can be done by anyone.
 

King Huskii

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Great post 👍. Plus, having to think about the well-being of someone else, the dog/s, takes your mind off yourself for a while. Plus, dogs can provide enjoyment and bring a smile to your face, even if you don’t feel like it.

A friend of mine does dog-minding in their house, up to a week at a time, or a few days. Started off with friends’ dogs, then word of mouth brought a few other clients. That’s a bit harder if your house isn’t suitable, but dog-walking can be done by anyone.

My family will be upset when our dog staffy x passes away but the enjoyment we have had as part of the family adds something nice. Puts a smile on my face when my kids give her a pat or take her for walks along our property.
 

TheGreatGrundy

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Jul 21, 2008
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Great post 👍. Plus, having to think about the well-being of someone else, the dog/s, takes your mind off yourself for a while. Plus, dogs can provide enjoyment and bring a smile to your face, even if you don’t feel like it.

A friend of mine does dog-minding in their house, up to a week at a time, or a few days. Started off with friends’ dogs, then word of mouth brought a few other clients. That’s a bit harder if your house isn’t suitable, but dog-walking can be done by anyone.
Can't think of a more appropriate username to respond to my post!

I dog sit in other people's houses or my own one bedroom apartment. Looking after dogs in an apartment also gives you good reason to get out of bed early!

You're right about dogs taking your mind off yourself. This might sound weird, but I aim to give dogs in my care a memorable and exciting experience. I have taught 3 dogs to swim in the last 2 years, 2 of which were aged 13 and 6.

Several people going through hard times here have kids. I am surprised that they don't also provide an emotional boost. Combine them with dogs and you have all you need to sustain life (other than a loving partner of course!).

I am not naïve enough to pretend that depression can be easily overcome. But you have to try with whatever means you have at your disposal. Short term goals like getting through one day at a time, trying to make the most of the moment, helps me deal with what otherwise often seems a pretty hopeless situation.
 

The_Wookie

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Can't think of a more appropriate username to respond to my post!

I dog sit in other people's houses or my own one bedroom apartment. Looking after dogs in an apartment also gives you good reason to get out of bed early!

You're right about dogs taking your mind off yourself. This might sound weird, but I aim to give dogs in my care a memorable and exciting experience. I have taught 3 dogs to swim in the last 2 years, 2 of which were aged 13 and 6.

Several people going through hard times here have kids. I am surprised that they don't also provide an emotional boost. Combine them with dogs and you have all you need to sustain life (other than a loving partner of course!).

I am not naïve enough to pretend that depression can be easily overcome. But you have to try with whatever means you have at your disposal. Short term goals like getting through one day at a time, trying to make the most of the moment, helps me deal with what otherwise often seems a pretty hopeless situation.

I got a cat. Works wonders for me.

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Cyber_punk

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Also helps being outside in the sun too, vitamin D can be a magical thing.
Play some beach volleyball, enjoy making fantasy football content.

I used to love the rainy, overcast weather my whole life but now it just is a big downer on my mood. Maybe it will change back to normal once I get myself right.

Becoming a sunny day person, it's weird.
 

raymond35

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My family will be upset when our dog staffy x passes away but the enjoyment we have had as part of the family adds something nice. Puts a smile on my face when my kids give her a pat or take her for walks along our property.

We adopted a staffy ( the dog pounds have heaps of them) last year and they are amazing.
Gave new life to our old house, and they absolutely love you for taking them in. A real handful, but if you're a dog person who has the energy they are wonderful.
 

King Huskii

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We adopted a staffy ( the dog pounds have heaps of them) last year and they are amazing.
Gave new life to our old house, and they absolutely love you for taking them in. A real handful, but if you're a dog person who has the energy they are wonderful.

That's very similar to my story. A two year old staff x that we adopted from the pound.

Very good around children. Unfortunately a bit immature around other dogs.

Still a lovely and loyal dog.
 
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TheGreatGrundy

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Jul 21, 2008
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I used to love the rainy, overcast weather my whole life but now it just is a big downer on my mood. Maybe it will change back to normal once I get myself right.

Becoming a sunny day person, it's weird.
Perhaps because you now associate grey rainy skies with depression and sunny days with happiness. I used to love the sound of rain on the roof when I was a kid, particularly when lying in bed before sleep. It's a feeling I have never been able to truly recapture.

I loathe winter in Melbourne. It's the time of year in which I have to work hardest at elevating my mood. There was always something soothing about escaping the elements in a dimly lit room with an open fire, but selling my house in the hills and moving into a high rise apartment in St Kilda stole that simple pleasure from me. When you are emotionally struggling and depressed, it's likely you'll see weather for what it is rather than how it might be viewed through the rose coloured lenses of a happy life.
 

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