View Full Version : Calming Activities for Hypo Racing Mind - Need Suggestions


BellaVita
11-16-13, 01:45 AM
Hey,

*Note* - Sorry I have yet to respond to my other threads, focus is gone even this is insanely difficult. Will def reply in the near future. :)

This is probably the nth time this has been brought up, but I need ideas of calming activities...ones that won't amp me up further.

Just throw out any ideas, cuz I need to compile a list to refer to but am fed up with google and cannot filter the info into mind so yeah....

I am mostly looking for indoor activities. Creative things, random idk just..

Also: "metaphorical" calming activities - like holding a rock that represents worries or whatever and dropping it in water.

These silly simple things really help me but I can't think of anymore. :scratch: :doh:

GO! :)

(and thank you so much)

ana futura
11-16-13, 01:58 AM
Try drawing something or doing something that requires intense concentration but no mental effort. I suppose a simple video game might work too.

Daydreamin22
11-16-13, 02:06 AM
Geeze I'd love to know and need to figure this out.

Nicksgonefishin
11-16-13, 02:08 AM
A work out video?

Jillian is good at keeping me focused I think at any moment she will come out of the TV and hurt me if I don't keep up.

dvdnvwls
11-16-13, 02:43 AM
Bella - do you have a guitar?

ana futura
11-16-13, 02:44 AM
Mini zen garden?

fracturedstory
11-16-13, 04:46 AM
Last night I played the guitar, but then I started to just become too hypomanic that I exhausted myself and ended up depressed.

I usually exercise, dance to music (2-step, none of that common people dancing), play video games and cook.

BellaVita
11-16-13, 06:25 AM
Great ideas everyone!

Except I can't exercise it makes me worse lol

Wereeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

I don't think I should be allowed to do some of those things

sarahsweets
11-16-13, 06:31 AM
Coloring books. I'm totally serious. They offer minimal structure (coloring inside the lines), mild almost nil stimulation (all the pretty colors) and a sense of completion or accomplishment (when you have finished the picture). You can get them at the dollar store and believe me, they can be incredibly calming.

sarek
11-16-13, 06:43 AM
You might try exercise. But it has to be very high intensity for that to work. Low level workouts don't work.

stef
11-16-13, 08:50 AM
crochet?

Rebelyell
11-16-13, 09:01 AM
What about a cool shower, it might lower your core temperature and switch off your brain.warm hot showers to wake up cold ones to fall asleep. Maybe you need to go to the er if things get tooo bad bella.

BellaVita
11-16-13, 09:06 AM
What about a cool shower, it might lower your core temperature and switch off your brain.warm hot showers to wake up cold ones to fall asleep. Maybe you need to go to the er if things get tooo bad bella.

Whoah that's cool I didn't know cold was for night

I may try that.

I am calmer now than I had been (with random spouts of jolting up-and-go energy) so I am glad about that.

Oh, nah this isn't that bad. Mixed yeah that'd be bad as don't want to EVER go through that again. Hopefully when I find a new pdoc he'll be smart and prescribe mood stabilizers.

Unless this is just all ADHD :lol: as my old pdoc thinks. Or maybe he doesn't. (Think)

BellaVita
11-16-13, 09:07 AM
One time I was awake for about 5 days straight

BellaVita
11-16-13, 09:09 AM
Bella - do you have a guitar?

No gave it to bf.

TygerSan
11-16-13, 09:18 AM
Watching and listening to water does it for me. Especially at night. You're not hear a beach, are you?

Do you have access to a hot tub for a nice long soak?

Rebelyell
11-16-13, 09:21 AM
5 days straight, thats gotta be ****ty, I was up f or 3 days straight and felt extremely crappy.

Rebelyell
11-16-13, 09:22 AM
Listening to the ocean or nature tracks help me sleep

Rebelyell
11-16-13, 09:22 AM
Fan for white noise, cooling affect

Rebelyell
11-16-13, 01:45 PM
Bops bella over the head w a rubber mallet wylie coyote style..beep beep lol

someothertime
11-16-13, 01:48 PM
crochet?

crotches? :giggle:

Rebelyell
11-16-13, 01:50 PM
:lol:crotches:yes::p

Lunacie
11-16-13, 02:16 PM
Coloring books. I'm totally serious. They offer minimal structure (coloring inside the lines), mild almost nil stimulation (all the pretty colors) and a sense of completion or accomplishment (when you have finished the picture). You can get them at the dollar store and believe me, they can be incredibly calming.

I agree. Especially with the big box of crayons that has lots of colors.

Nicksgonefishin
11-16-13, 03:04 PM
Meditation?

Unmanagable
11-16-13, 03:49 PM
The coloring book idea is a great one! I picked one up of different mandalas at a fair trade book store, along with colored markers and pencils. It's been endless hours of entertainment indoors and out. :)

stef
11-16-13, 08:13 PM
for goodness sake, you 2!
(and you know who you i mean! )
:giggle:

Rebelyell
11-16-13, 08:28 PM
Lots of wild *** monkey porn star sex :D

BellaVita
11-16-13, 09:25 PM
You guys are awesome!! I now have a page full of calming activites
Alot were very unique thank you

:grouphug: you all are the best.
I decided to draw until I fell asleep, haven't drawn anything since about 2nd grade lol but it was very soothing:
http://i41.tinypic.com/dm2w07.jpg

http://i43.tinypic.com/122kemg.jpg

Lunacie
11-16-13, 09:37 PM
You guys are awesome!! I now have a page full of calming activites
Alot were very unique thank you

:grouphug: you all are the best.
I decided to draw until I fell asleep, haven't drawn anything since about 2nd grade lol but it was very soothing:
http://i41.tinypic.com/dm2w07.jpg

http://i43.tinypic.com/122kemg.jpg

Aww, I'm jealous now. That's a great drawing!

BellaVita
11-16-13, 09:50 PM
Aww, I'm jealous now. That's a great drawing!

Awww thanks Lunacie! I'm sure there's things you're good at!

I honestly had no clue that I would like it this much. (Drawing) Cuz I always assumed I couldn't draw.(not that I can) Lol

Lunacie
11-16-13, 10:12 PM
I used to make quilts and renaissance period costumes.
I don't seem to do much of anything lately.

Greyhound1
11-17-13, 12:13 AM
Fishing always works the best for me. I can totally escape my mind.

DelStan
11-17-13, 01:00 AM
:umm1: I haven't read other posts. Try breathing slowly and concentrate on it like a deep breath hold it count to 5 and exhale, its a fact that it is very difficult for the human body to be under any type of stress while controlled breathing. Draw something anything. Write out all your thoughts so they are on paper and not floating in your head. :)

ana futura
11-17-13, 01:22 AM
Awww thanks Lunacie! I'm sure there's things you're good at!

I honestly had no clue that I would like it this much. (Drawing) Cuz I always assumed I couldn't draw.(not that I can) Lol

I'm so glad this worked for you! Drawing is the most soothing thing to me. I think I self medicated my anxiety and depression all through grade school with drawing- every spare moment I had I drew.

The finished drawings were never that important to me- I just really liked the act of drawing. Sometimes they turn out well, sometimes they don't, but it always puts me in a good headspace.

It's perfectly balanced- easy to get lost in, requires focus but not too much, not overstimulating, and not mentally taxing.

I would actually advise against meditation in a manic/ hypomanic/ hyper state, especially if you aren't an experienced practitioner. It can actually make some people more agitated or emotionally unstable. If you do want to try it, just do a breath meditation for a very short period of time (taking slow, full breaths for a couple minutes), like delstan said.

ana futura
11-17-13, 01:24 AM
Also your drawings look a lot like what I often draw when I am anxious. I make patterns and shapes with lots and lots of little lines. Usually I'll use objects from the natural world for inspiration.

And don't say you can't draw, I think that looks great! Very dynamic!

fracturedstory
11-17-13, 08:58 PM
Drawing for me can be very frustrating if I want to achieve something, but when just drawing and not caring how it turns out it can be calming.

I always get more manic when I do anything that involves thinking and moving limbs. I start scribbling like mad and laughing at the stupid drawing on the page. Not that it's a stupid drawing but it's a silly weird drawing that someone not in charge of their facilities is capable of drawing.

Usually, I have no motivation to draw.

I would have thought meditating while manic could make someone more delusional. I can never stay still long enough to do it anyway. The only thing I had was this meditation app on my iPod that completely cleared my mind for about half an hour. I don't know why I stopped using it.

dvdnvwls
11-18-13, 12:08 AM
Bella - this might be a silly question - but what's in the upper left corner?

Tinatheawesome
11-18-13, 12:52 AM
Reading a book

fracturedstory
11-18-13, 01:30 AM
This is what I do when I'm hypomanic.

I make memes. And I hate memes.

http://alonsy.tumblr.com/image/67342085446

mctavish23
11-18-13, 01:51 AM
Okay, since no one else said it, I suppose it has to be moi :faint:

Start with cuddling your bf and then ... :D

u r welcome :cool:

PS

And remember, my professional advice has always been along the lines of ...

"When In Doubt, GO FOR IT. :yes: