Personal Happiness - And I don't necessarily mean personal happiness. It's a brand of Japanese trinket. They are these little bunnies with mustaches. What's the point? There's probably no point at all other than the one I have has a mustache and Hawaiian print shorts. Whenever I look at him I think I'm on vacation. He's so tiny he fits in my palm. I like small cute things. I'm a bit of a trinket junkie. I have no place to put them, but I like small things that I can manage and keep safe, especially when I feel like I can't do that for myself.
Neko Atsume - I don't know how many of you like your mobile devices to have apps but I saw a friend post of screen shot of this game on instagram, and guys I don't know what it did to me but I'm smitten. It's basically a Japanese (again) app where you have a yard and you put food and toys in said yard and kitties come visit you and they leave you more fish to buy stuff with and they leave you mementos when they bond with you. There literally is no other purpose other than collecting stuff, putting it out for the kitties to play with and periodically checking up on them. That's it. It's so freaking relaxing. I've struggled for awhile to find something that can truly distract me from the level of stress I've obtained from my job. Life in general, but mainly my job. I'm not quite sure how I let myself go this far to be so consumed with work that I'm already thinking about the next day as soon as I leave and being all kinds of upset about stupid stuff, but this little game helps me forget it for that short time I'm checking up on my digital cats.
Candles - Super cliche, but sometimes I will just stare at the flames and blank out. My mind runs a million miles a second and sometimes I can't find a way to shut it off. Candles help. They are comforting and perfect for the particular season especially. I'm currently in love with a Yankee candle called North Pole. It's a sweet peppermint/candy cane smell and it calms me down. Gimme a cup of coffee, a cozy blanket and a candle and I'm set.
Music and Video Games - I go back and forth with different forms of entertainment to keep me preoccupied with life, but recently I've been getting back into heavily listening to music. I like to drown myself in the feelings of music and the message it conveys, whether it's emotional or ridiculous, it's been helping me to focus on the rhythm and emotion of the song and not the discord that's been going on inside of me. With video games.... man it has been a long time. I decided on whim to start a game of KH2. I've always been a fan of RPGs for the story, because again it allows for me to get lost in that moment and story. Lemme tell you, it's been a really nice stress release and I can't even begin to explain how nice it is to get so engrossed in something for a period of time where everything else seems to fade away for awhile. Makes me feel like I can breathe again.
Now, I know that I can't solely rely on these things for the rest of my life to help me out of my depressive, stressful, anxiety-ridden stage of life, but it's start to help propel me forward to get out of it. So forget about medicine, therapists, and doctor's visits. This is a nice step I'd say... Now I just gotta get back to my writing, hah!
Thanks for reading! Feels good to push out some positive ^_^