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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.
yujinxiang317 yujinxiang317 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 3, 2012

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I've been doing this thing lately, where I notice that when I'm really social or do something outside of my comfort zone, I get tired later... and if I don't rest, probably cranky too. But the way I think about it is that its like I need to process a bit. (Or I'm getting bored and should be doing something else hehe) I guess its like exercising for the mind. Need to take breaks and rest. So I've been not feeling bad saying that I need alone time. Sounds like you have a great routine!

I like your outlook on "escaping" and just taking everything in...as it is. I have a swing set in my neighborhood, maybe i should try this...sounds like a nice stress release from the world! Just be careful in the dark, you never know in this world!

I do the same thing. Some people are more sensitive to sensory input, so you need to isolate in order to keep from being overstimulated.

That's an interesting way of putting it. I guess it comes with being an introvert.

Other way around. Being an introvert comes with being highly sensitive.