Quiet Time With Myself Is Critical For Me Right Now...I was recently diagnosed with clinical depression and I have been put on meds and therapy. However, coping with it everyday still seems like a challenge sometimes. I have developed a wonderful coping strategy that's rather healthy. I am an introvert, so perhaps I already enjoy doing this naturally more than extroverts. Everyday, no matter how busy I get, I must set aside 1-2 hours of "me time." During this period, I will usually turn my cell on airplane mode so I don't get distracted by texts and calls from friends and family. I take a self-help book, my ipod nano, and a snack to a nearby park. I sit on a swing set and read for ~20 minutes. I then swing like I'm a child again with the wind caressing my face and dancing with my hair. I close my eyes and take in all the smells, sounds, and sights of nature around me (including people). I then proceed to swing while listening to slow instrumental songs on my nano. I try to find inner peace and mediate on happy memories.
One con is I sometimes lose track of time and people actually start worrying that I disappeared. I also like to walk by myself to quiet, isolated places at night. This is rather dangerous for me as a girl...oops.