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Hobbies That Help Me Stabilize My Mental Health

Stabilized mental health is significant in a lot of ways. It can make you create better decisions, allow you to think positively, and make you cope with problems and enjoy life to the fullest. There is nothing more soothing than having peaceful and clear thoughts despite all the uncertainties around. I’ve observed a lot of people do everything to keep their mental health intact. While some prefer to use clinical methods such as therapy and medication, I see others who work things their way. I know some individuals that choose gardening, cooking, sewing, and other productive things like that. Some also turn to music, where they venture into composing songs and playing musical instruments. Others also find comfort in art, where they try and learn to draw and paint. Then some individuals like to sit on the couch, read some books, or binge-watch movies.

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Genuinely, people can do a lot of things to keep their emotional and mental health in check. But of course, it is essential to note that not all those activities apply to everybody. Meaning, not because exercising can soothe your mood, that does not mean it can ease mine. Some situations may look alike, but the necessary actions vary. Of course, some levels of mental distraught are different for all individuals. That explains why I tend to have other ways to keep my mental state in one piece. Let me walk you through what I prefer doing when I am having a mental breakdown.

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Dressing Up – One of the things I often do every time I feel emotionally and mentally vulnerable is to dress up. Whenever I feel sad and lonely, I usually choose an extraordinary dress and wear it. Sometimes, I go overboard with my clothes and accessories. Sometimes, it gets to me that some individuals find it weird and funny that I dress up extravagantly despite being at home. The funny thing is, other people find it an odd hobby, especially when I am in the midst of supposed understanding my life situations, but then I choose to look different. I know quite a few people question this method as they believe it is a very uncharacteristic way of dealing with stress. It is time-consuming, sometimes messy, and way out of line. But hey! Not because I am not emotionally and mentally okay, that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t have to look good. At least at this stage, I can convince myself that I am still pretty even though I am mentally unstable.

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Putting A Lot Of Makeup – Some people laugh at me sometimes for wearing too much makeup. All they say is that I should not put too much chemical on my face because it will ruin it. Honestly, I don’t mind even if those chemicals soon get stuck on my face. And even if people call me a drag queen, I will not listen to that comment. They can say whatever they want because I am not willing to listen to their opinions. Wearing heavy makeup makes me feel confident and empowered. Therefore, other people’s cosmetic standards won’t have even a single impact on my choice. I put a lot of makeup in my face because I want to, and I know I shouldn’t have to explain myself for that. If people find it too much, that is their problem and not mine. Because for me, the only thing that will and should have to matter is the way I look at myself. And if having too much makeup gives me that sense of empowerment, why would people’s opinion matter?

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Talking To Myself – Amusingly, I find it relieving every time I see myself cry or laugh. It is as if I am looking at a person with the same personality like mine that I can criticize from head to toe. When I am emotionally and mentally unstable, I talk to myself in front of the mirror. Regardless if someone sees me, I don’t care. I pretend these judgmental people do not exist at that particular moment. But unlike other people, I don’t encourage myself. Instead, I say degrading things the way I want to. Of course, it does hurt a lot every time I throw myself some insults. But the way I see it, I want those hurtful words to sink in. I want to tell it to myself first before anyone uses it against me. I want to experience how damaging it would feel to humiliate yourself. Surprisingly, it works fine because other people’s opinions begin to lose their impact on me. I guess sometimes it is helpful to test yourself emotionally. I don’t encourage or sugar-coat to boost my self-confidence. I know I am not perfect, and that’s it. And looking at the mirror telling myself that I am not perfect; it just makes me want those imperfections more.

These are just my ways of dealing with mental health issues. If in case you want to try it, go ahead. But if these don’t work for you, change your ways.