By: Ileana Paules-Bronet
When dealing with mental health problems, people find comfort in a variety of things. From eating specific foods to cuddling an old teddy bear to getting a hug from a certain person, we all get through our mental health issues in different ways. Below, people who struggle with their own mental health issues share what they find comfort in when they are struggling with their mental health.
- Hugging a pillow, stuffed animal, or other soft object.
- Holding ice in my hand
- I live near a river, it’s nothing particularly scenic but it’s usually pretty quiet. When I feel my depression take over and I feel numb, I lace up my running shoes and jog along the river when it’s dark. It makes me feel my breathing, feel my legs sting, feel the cold air on my face. It gets all the frustration out and I can just relax.
- Whitewater kayaking
- Silence; it’s peaceful in its own overwhelming way
- Putting on cozy, baggy clothing
- Making sure my ears are covered (hands, over-ear headphones, fuzzy hat, etc)
- Lavender, especially my lavender filled stress ball
- Hugging my boyfriend.
- Comfortable clothes
- When living in a dorm at school, a friend of mine struggled with mental illness as well. On days when it was really bad we would sleep in the same room so we weren’t alone (we didn’t need to do something we just needed someone there while we slept).
- Another thing my boyfriend has learned is sometimes when my depression hits, he needs to stop talking. I love the reassurance of him being there, but sometimes I really just need to not talk about it and get my mind onto something else. So he just pops on a funny movie, makes me some tea and sits in silence with me until I’m ready to talk again.
- Coloring books (this is currently my favorite stress-reducing activity)
- Venting with my sister
- Learning; I like to learn new things from random facts to whole books or basics of different languages, not in that way that school tries to force me into but just learning on my own is nice
- Drinking soothing (often decaf) hot tea
- Count to six on each inhale and each exhale (“square breathing”)
- My special stuffed animals
- Listening to music
- Talking to close friends or family.
- At night when I am by myself and having a really hard time, I sleep in the living room or a room where people can walk by easily, having music play and the lights on as I try to go to sleep
- Cuddling with my dog or cats
- Curling up in a ball with someone rubbing my back
- Go play pool/billiards somewhere
- My friends/boyfriend
- Going for walks at night
If you’re someone who struggles with mental health, you can probably relate to at least one of the items on this list — whether the outcome was positive or negative, you’ve probably tried a lot of these things.
Let us know what other things you find comforting in the comments below!
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