Finding Calm in Chaos

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I've developed and learned a number of tactics to help me live a more balanced life. Therapy has been immensely helpful. Even just to have someone who's an objective party who's not in your life in the everyday to help you examine things with an outside perspective is huge.

I journal a lot just to get my thoughts out of my brain because my brain is a very, very loud place. And there's a lot going on in there. And so any time I can kind of calm it and sift through it helps manage the day to day.

I do find meditation very helpful. Yoga I find helpful, even just stretching. I one of the reasons I love doing stunts so much is because they force me to be present. There isn't one magical cure to depression. It's basically made up of a little bit of all sorts of different things over time.

Therapy, meditation, nature, time with animals, time spent in community or building community, seeking community, time, mindful time spent with yourself.

Sometimes people offer exercise as a tool for depression. And it is one. But it's part of this kind of feedback loop of it's hard to exercise when you're depressed. It's really hard to find the motivation to exercise if you're depressed.

So rather than say exercise, I want to amend that to movement. Because exercise doesn't have to be going to the gym. For me it's martial arts because that helps with my anger issues as well. But it also comes in the form of stretching even just for 3 minutes in the morning or 3 minutes at night. Stretching helps so much, that sort of movement. Dancing, even if you look stupid, even if you're alone, dancing is a form of movement that's really cathartic.

So, yeah, I wanted to add not necessarily exercise but movement. Even if it's just walking, movement is so good for our bodies and our minds and often helps us when we're feeling stuck.