Pleasure! We all want it. Not only is it fun, but it enables our bodies to release oxytocin, which helps strengthen the immune system, heal wounds faster, and generally increase health and happiness. Problem is, often when we feel bad, tired, or bored, we can’t even imagine doing something fun. To help with that, Moodsurfing has posted lists before of 80 fun things to do. And now, here’s the revised version for everyone under stay-at-home orders! We had to remove about 14 things that were all about going somewhere (bowling, ice skating…) and we separated out a list of 13 that can be converted to online or virtual activities. Using this list, you don’t have to think of a fun ... Read More
Are you supposed to be happy? Depression can be a really depressing thing to talk about and often we are told not to bring up “depressing” topics in conversation, even with close friends and family members. People struggling with depression are expected to put on a cheerful mask and not spread their sadness around to others. How can we learn to talk about depression in a constructive, meaningful way in the face of a culture that values superficial “happiness” above truthfulness? The idea that “depression is depressing” can interfere with our need to bring it out into the open in order to make progress on managing this tricky mood. A psychiatrist is often asked “how can you do what you ... Read More
Moodsurfing offers a guest post by Deborah Michelle Sanders, JD. Deborah has had lifelong PTSD and has had Bipolar Disorder (first Type I, then II,) since 1984. She is a lawyer in three States. She was first home bound in 2015. We think that this article is a thoughtful perspective on our current situation. The views in the article are, obviously, those of Deborah and not of Moodsurfing. We are very interested in publishing guest columns from other readers and hope to make this forum the home of lively discussion and debate. Nancy and Peter When I was in my middle year of law school, I was prescribed large doses of cortisone for a late-diagnosed severe bout of Bell’s Palsy ... Read More
Moodsurfing has often commented on the importance of limiting reading and watching sensationalist stories during a time of crisis. But a question that seems to be coming up these days is where one can turn for reliable information that is not sensationalist. I have created this blog post as a place to store some recommendations for keeping up with the news without getting stressed out. I will be updating it from time to time. Scientific and Medical Resources Nature is one of the best resources in this list. The news stories are thoughtfully written with excellent commentary about their potential significance. They also allow you to have a sense of what might be happening in the scientific world in the ... Read More
Having a dog, cat or other companion animal in the home can be a boost for mental health, even if it is not a trained service animal. Pets lift our moods, give us a reason to get out of bed, and offer unconditional love and companionship. A growing body of research backs up what most Americans already believe: pets are good for you. Studies looking at ordinary house pets, trained emotional support animals and the more traditional service dogs, such as seeing-eye dogs, all show that the benefits to their human companions can be significant. Pets and Depression For depression, pets offer a huge benefit. First of all, you have to feed your pet every day, and, if it’s a ... Read More
Tips for surviving a quarantine with the family. Quarantines and lockdowns have become a common feature of our lives, and while we may be grateful for not being exposed to dangerous viruses, we are also suffering in a real sense from too much closeness to the people we live with. Weeks of stay-at-home orders may still be ahead of us, so it is time to consider ways to make living in close quarters a better experience for everyone. Here are some methods and approaches you may want to try with all the members of your household, especially if there are children and adolescents in your home. Schedule silent times or alone times for the whole household. If “go to your ... Read More
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