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Posted 4/8/18 , edited 4/8/18
What does everyone do to distract themselves?
Ya know, when you can't shake those sorts of feelings you just need to get rid of?
We all handle things in our own way and I'm sure there are many unique or even simple ways some haven't tried. I'd like to hear what helps others. I mean I'm cool and chill so no worries... This is just out of curiosity.
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Posted 4/8/18 , edited 4/9/18
i play video games, the kind that gets chaotic, i mean i was super upset on new years eve & felt suicidal so I decided to play games & when i was playing i gradually felt happy because it was fun shooting at players & how chaotic it was..
and i love talking to my brother, hmm i need to make a bond with different people eventually..........
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I try to talk to my closest friends about how I'm feeling, sometimes I'll write in my diary, other times I say helpful mantras like "I didnt come this far, just to come this far." Remind yourself that feelings come and go and that it's okay to sit with them for a while. Remind myself of all my good qualities I have and difficult situations I have overcome. I also try to look at the negative emotions and ask myself why I'm feeling them. Is it bad day or is it a bad 10 seconds that you milked all day type of thing.. If you ever need someone to talk to, I'm here to lend an ear :)
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Posted 4/9/18 , edited 4/9/18
Feel your feelings! Fully. Then, let it go.

Be comfortable being alone and without distractions. Then you can truly be in touch with yourself and what's going on in your head. It's normal to be confused and kinda messed up.
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I stick to myself and focus whats important to me!! MUSIC, is what really helps me with whatever situation or feeling's I maybe in.
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listening to music, playing World of Warcraft, reading books/manga/comics, watching classic tv and movies and writing fan-fiction (and the novel I've been working on for over a decade) are my main options. It usually depends on what sort of mood I'm in and how deep my depression goes that I need to see what'll work.
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Posted 4/9/18 , edited 4/9/18
some of the things I tend to do is: binge watch something or just watch/rewatch, I also play video games, play more with my toys, write... however whenever it's super bad, I tend to just "zone out" and come back a few hours later (however I can relate that to my rare mental illness more than anything else) forgetting what I've done in the process...
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Anime. May be a slightly cliche answer for an anime site, but in my case, it's more or less the truth.

There's a whole subgenre called "iyashikei" or "healing" anime, and it lives up to its name quite well. It either distracts me enough to lift my spirits, or in some cases even encourages me to face negativity head on with a different outlook.

That's the method that works for me at least. Haven't found any other methods that work for me personally as of yet (not that I've felt a need to).
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Posted 4/9/18 , edited 4/9/18

Cait_Sidhe wrote:

Anime. May be a slightly cliche answer for an anime site, but in my case, it's more or less the truth.

There's a whole subgenre called "iyashikei" or "healing" anime, and it lives up to its name quite well. It either distracts me enough to lift my spirits, or in some cases even encourages me to face negativity head on with a different outlook.

That's the method that works for me at least. Haven't found any other methods that work for me personally as of yet (not that I've felt a need to).


ooo cool, can u give me a few examples for that genre?

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1Perks wrote:


Cait_Sidhe wrote:

Anime. May be a slightly cliche answer for an anime site, but in my case, it's more or less the truth.

There's a whole subgenre called "iyashikei" or "healing" anime, and it lives up to its name quite well. It either distracts me enough to lift my spirits, or in some cases even encourages me to face negativity head on with a different outlook.

That's the method that works for me at least. Haven't found any other methods that work for me personally as of yet (not that I've felt a need to).


ooo cool, can u give me a few examples for that genre?



The most highly praised example is the Aria series (Aria the Animation, Natural, and Origination). I adore it for its optimistic nature. It's a series where a major theme is "mundane miracles", or finding joy in everyday doldrums. It is an incredibly slow, incredibly serene, and incredibly relaxed show.

Other prominent examples include:

Amanchu
Yuru Camp
Tamayura
Flying Witch
Mushishi
Non Non Biyori
Natsume Yuujinchou
Sketchbook ~ Full Color's ~

Because Iyashikei is more of an emotion or an effect on the audience than a true genre, technically almost anything that has a healing effect could be considered iyashikei, but there are some conventions for shows that are trying to fall into the genre.

1. Slow, relaxed pace
2. Little or no conflict
3. Focus on natural beauty and scenic art
4. Themes of transient beauty ("Mono no aware")
5. Optimistic / encouraging outlook

As I said, because "healing" is more of an effect, other shows can fall into this category as well. Oftentimes, almost all CGDCT (Cute Girls Doing Cute Things, erroneously and derogatorily derided as "moe shows") fit in.

Hidamari Sketch
Konohana Kitan
New Game
Mitsuboshi Colors

Etc. With CGDCT shows, it depends on how much you value the calming aspects. Personally, they work great as iyashikei for me, but since some of them pretty clear focus on comedy and can lack certain "genre tendencies" like #2, 3, & especially 4 above, you can kind of consider them as a grey zone.
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Posted 4/17/18 , edited 4/17/18
Talking to friends usually helps me the most, but I also watch anime and listen to music.

I rarely get negative thoughts anymore since starting anti-depressants though. But I wouldn't recommend going down that route unless you actually feel like you need psychological and clinical help.
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Posted 4/17/18 , edited 4/17/18
I smoke weed and drink a lot.....works wondwrs.
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Posted 4/20/18 , edited 4/21/18
Youtube.
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Posted 4/22/18 , edited 4/22/18
i workout drink liqour listen to music watch a ghibli movie or i go on long walks in nature when i say long i mean 2-6 hours nature is great a distraction
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Posted 4/24/18 , edited 4/25/18
I just usually listen to obscenely loud music or spend time gaming with friends. I really should get out more.
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