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sangre ✨bears, beets..🦄♊
July 10th, 2019 5:01:23am
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So without going in to too much detail (feel free to message me if you want to know more, I could use someone to talk to I just don't want to bore anyone with all the details) I haven't been doing well lately. I finally did get into a new counselor today and I actually feel worse than before I went, which I'm sure is normal a lot of things came to light and it was emotional. But my personal life and work life are both at an all time low and I'd like some ideas on how to distract myself, or elevate my mood while I'm at home.


What are some fantastic songs that lift you up, movies that make you fall off your seat laughing or cry and feel better? What are some of your favorite comfort recipes? (I love to cook) Good books to get lost in? Just drop your favorite feel good things if possible and maybe they will help me and others on here :)


 


TIA




 


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s h i k a r i // retirement
July 10th, 2019 12:16:38pm
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I always find baking a cake fun to do when I'm feeling down! 




 

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Master Administrator Samantha
July 10th, 2019 2:08:08pm
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I'm sorry you're feeling down! I hope things start getting better soon. I've left many a therapy session feeling worse than before, it's definitely normal.

I like to get lost in light funny TV shows like The Golden Girls (it's on Hulu), Parks and Rec (Hulu and Netflix), Psych (Amazon Prime), and Broad City (Hulu).

The movie Steel Magnolias is also my favorite sad comfort food.

I also like to perk myself up with food, which is maybe a problem, but one of my favorites is this: https://sizzlingmess.com/2017/12/11/pepper-bombs/




 

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River
July 10th, 2019 2:37:54pm
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When I'm feeling down, I like to watch Disney Movies. Because they are uplifting (usually) and cute! (Netflix carries a lot of them, Amazon Prime, and Im sure Hulu does as well). Commedy Standups on Netlfix and such make me feel better as well! (Ali Wong is pretty funny, in my opinion)

 

Some good books that I turn to are: Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen and Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper.

 

I'm really sorry you're feeling down! I hope some of these things help!

 


Trulli

 

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Administrator blitzyBOO 👻 lights will guide you home
July 10th, 2019 3:18:27pm
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My go-to comfort movie is The Sound of Music. I'll also watch sunshine-y shows like Glee, or Golden Girls. Get lost in a book. Work on a puzzle. That sort of stuff.

 

Hope that helps!




 

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Arduous
August 29th, 2019 11:04:39pm
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I'm super late to the convo here, uhm. Not to try and cram a spiritual song down your throat AT ALL but "You Say" gets me through a lot of rough patches. Recently I went through something as well and this song has been keeping me going. ♥ please message me if you still need someone to talk to!




 

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tana ;;
August 30th, 2019 1:36:15am
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Sorry to hear that things aren't going so well :( I hope things take a better turn soon. Feel free to message me if you want (I don't want to impose in your inbox).

As for things that cheer me up: pupperinos and kitties, cuddles, Disney movies (maybe not the Lion King, though, in this case xD), funny shows and movies (Simpsons, South Park, The Big Bang Theory, Liar Liar, Ace Ventura...), comedians (Ismo Leikola, Conan O'Brien, Trevor Noah...), and music. Usually anything with uplifting ''you're great, don't listen to them'' sort of messages, but sometimes also rock & metal, depending on the song.

As for food, I guess you could make your favorite comfort foods! Pizza is pretty easy and you could customize with as many toppings as you like. Mac & cheese always makes me happy, too. Yesterday I made a kinda random soup inspired by something my MIL made, recipe as follows:

- 1 lb chicken (I picked pre-chopped and pre-marinated from the store, but you could buy whatever and chop it yourself if you like)

- About 1 lb of veggies (I bought a pack of mixed veggies from the frozen section. It had broccoli, carrots, corn, yellow bell pepper and cauliflower, I think. But again, you can put whatever you want.)

- 200ml of cooking cream (I dunno what liquid unit Americans use besides the gallon, so convert if necessary xD. Also, the cream I bought contained cheese, so use that or add some shredded cheese of your preference.)

- 1 container of this, which is basically a chili cheese dip that also works as a sauce for foods like soup, pasta, meats, whatever. They also had cheddar, smoked bacon, and an unflavored one, so basically anything like this product works in pretty much any flavor.

- 1 cup of rice (whatever kind, I used basmati) and the corresponding amount of water (Idk if all rices need the same amount of water, but 1 cup of rice usually needs 2 cups of water.)

- extra water as necessary if the soup is too thick in your opinion

- chopped green onion (optional)

Directions: put the chicken in the pot and let it get some color. Then add the veggies and stir until they've softened a bit. Next, stir in dairy products and let it heat up. Finally, add the rice and water, stir, and let it simmer until the rice is fully cooked. (I swear this stuff smelled like cheesy popcorn when I was making it. YUM.)




 

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