• How do you keep your mind out of the basement of dark?

    Asked by Coloman on Wednesday, November 6, 2019

    How do you keep your mind out of the basement of dark?

    Every now and then I just get negative and can't lose it. I can't get positive. How do you do it?

    13 Answers from the Community

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    • Bengal's Avatar

      A week ago I was giving advice on how to shake yourself loose from that basement of darkness. Seems now it's my turn. Last night my sciatica was hurting so bad I started to cry. Then as I tried to will myself to go to sleep I somehow triggered a flashback / panic attack (scared my cat). This morning I woke to nearly a foot of snow and predicted below zero temperatures by the weekend. Northeastern winters make everything just so much harder. Has not been a good 24 hours. Sometimes all the gimmicks and meditations and breathing techniques don't work and you have to just let it play out and hope eventually you'll get to a better place. Dealing with SAD and PTSD on top of lingering side effects and fear of recurrence at times seems overwhelming. 5:00 and it's pitch black outside. Kinda feels that way inside too. It helps knowing all you guys are out there somewhere

      about 11 hours ago
    • Kp2018's Avatar


      We're out there alright. Here's my remedy for when all else fails: Chocolate and trash TV. Bake some chocolate chip cookies. (I keep some of the pre-made dough ones, like Nestle's, on hand for when I'm really in the dumpster). Eat them while watching some really trashy TV. Tonight you have some "real housewives" from somewhere on Bravo. Enjoy the sugar rush on a cold dark snowy night and be grateful that you're not one of the useless women you're seeing squabbling with one another on the TV program. You'll make it. I hope this helps.

      about 9 hours ago
    • Bengal's Avatar

      Kp2018, thanks for that but works better in theory than in practice. So far I've managed to come up with a chocolate cookie mix "sell by" date Oct 2015! As for "housewives," no thanks, but there's enough other junk out there. I'll find sonething. Appreciate your response.

      about 9 hours ago

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