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up beat music, funny stories, limiting my listening to the news and negative people

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LAURIE You know me too well!

KRIS We used to have a little dog that would climb up on snowbanks to pee so all the other dogs would think he was big!
Not nearly as nasty as what you describe, but kind of funny!

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4/13/10 10:38 P

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Jodi,

Rambling? That's the shortest message you've entered that I know of.

Kris,

There are some dogs you just can't take anywhere.

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When one of my neighbours was away on holiday, I used to feed their Springer Spaniel and take it for a daily walk. Talk about embarrassment - it would back up to shrubs etc. around the village and do it's business (not peeing either) about 2 feet up in the plant! I was amazed at how many times it could do it on a 20 minute walk ..LOL!

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PAUL The only down side is that you still have to pick up their poop! Dogs, I mean. Okay, cats too, but not in public. I'm rambling, aren't I?
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I really like Slimmerkiwi's suggestion of writing positive notes and keeping them in a jar to look at. I've actually begun compiling a few inspirational quotes and poems I like for just this purpose and it helps to have words other than my own negative ones floating in my head. Maybe its worth giving it a go if you thnik it'd help you

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When I didn't want to be tied down, I used to foster animals to calm them down after being abandoned or nursing kittens till wean. Just an idea

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3. Suffering can be ended.
4. Freedom from suffering is possible by following the Eightfold path.

Bigotry disguised as morality is still bigotry just as an outhouse with
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Paul,

That's one of the smartest and best ideas ever. It's like being a grandparent, I'm told: You get to have all of the fun and then give the dog/kid back when it starts to become a responsibility.

Last spring I had a friend's cat with me (we told her she that she was at camp) for eight weeks while he concentrated on her sister at the end of her life. The autumn before, I had both here while the friend was away for 10 days. I loved having living creatures to take care of and play with and want to get a cat of my own, but I keep putting it off or, more often, the idea slips from my mind.

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While I'm a cat person myself , I have been know to borrow one of my friends goofy dogs for a romp. Good for me, the dog, and a break for my exhausted friends

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1. Suffering is a part of life
2. Suffering is caused by our attachments and avoidances.
3. Suffering can be ended.
4. Freedom from suffering is possible by following the Eightfold path.

Bigotry disguised as morality is still bigotry just as an outhouse with
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A puppy! Of course you cheered up!
(I am more of a kitten person myself, but small animals of all kind are adorable.)
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upbeat music, an absorbing story, a walk all help me. However if it lingers and gnaws then you may need more support consider reviewing the articles on depression on the site to get pointers

4 Noble Truths

1. Suffering is a part of life
2. Suffering is caused by our attachments and avoidances.
3. Suffering can be ended.
4. Freedom from suffering is possible by following the Eightfold path.

Bigotry disguised as morality is still bigotry just as an outhouse with
marble columns is still an outhouse.
--D. A. Ridgely

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Bears, growling the pounds away, PHILADELPHIA IS ON THE MOVE,
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Wow! I thank you all sooo much!! thank you for all the ideas! and it worked. I got home after dinner went for a walk with my puppy. and i had to go run some errands which was a good distraction too. but the best part was at my dr. appointment 2 weeks ago i weighed 150 and on my new digital scale last night i weighed 144!!! oh i was sooo happy to finally see progress and then i did go on a 2 mile jog. I thank you all for your advice and i will continue to use your suggestions. thank you all for inspiring me emoticon

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I feel initially addressing the reasons for the downer would be appropriate.

I noticed in your intro on your SparkPage you mention having to cut a ring off because it was too tight. Have you gained weight relatively recently? Perhaps an appointment with your Dr would be a good first step, just to check that there isn't something else going on causing this funk. A simple series of bloods would be a good start! Also, if you are on meds, then a review of them would be in order. Do you have a therapist? If so, an appointment there would be an idea, too because you can be given some techniques to deal with this issue - like the flicking the "bad guy" off the shoulder - I liked that one :-) Other ways to deal with it could be writing out a lot of positives in your life. Cut each one up and put into a little box or jar. Then when you are feeling down, pull a couple out and read them, and THINK about them. Hopefully that will put a smile on your face and distract you from the negative. Even just going for a very quick walk for 5 minutes might be an idea - it is extra mobilisation which is good for weight - it will get you breathing a little better which is always good for blowing the cobwebs out of your brain, and CAN be quite enjoyable - in my books that is a win/win situation!

Keep in contact and let us know how you go.

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you know as silly as this sounds i go around with that ren and stimpy happy happy joy joy in my head or three dog nights joy to the world..i beleive myself to be on a permanent high when it comes to life stuff (i did however a few years back find myself hopitalized for mental illness that they found a physical reason for and the problem once eliminated i am back on my hig just like always) that place was a hard one for me to come by..i was born deaf mistreated and beat on and sexually abused as a child and until i went and decided that was not the life for me i was miserable all the time with this poor me pity party and it was a grand one for sure!!! i addressed myself one day and came to a decision..my life was going to be exactly what I MADE IT..not better no worse than i had decided for myself and i pasted that smile on my face and you know people responded to that responded to the good mornings and hellos this all sounds simplistic i know..and it has not prevented me from finding myself in awful circumstances at times but you know i came through and i was ok still get everything but my hearing..you rarely here my whine on sparkpeolpe and anyone out there rarely hears that as i am in the moment..that is all i am given and you know the quote in passing because it is quite likely you will never pass this way again so do your best..the absolute best not just some best..and go to bed and sleep well because you lived the day your best all this is also simplistic but you know..everyone knows me and everyone responds to me and i fear nothing but it is a decision every single morning to get up and be that person..everyone has that in them and it is only you who can bring it to the service and let it out in joy for all the world to see..we lead immensely "busy" lives and forget the moments that are what make up those lives..that 'make my day' can always be interpreted in two ways..make tomorrow your day to start and nnotice the difference in the response of the people around you
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Now and then, when something, or just maladaptive thinking sets me off either crying or feeling anxiety or stress, I ask myself whether the catalyst warrants the response. Very often the answer is "No." Quick and simple.

It's only been very recent that I've put a little more effort into seeing the positive aspects of a situation instead of seeking the negative and letting it mushroom.

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This may sound a little wacky but when I get negative thoughts spiraling in my mind I visualize the angel/devil, good guy/ bad guy on my shoulder and flick the bad guy off with my finger. (visually speaking)The idea itself usually makes me giggle to myself and takes my mind off the ideas that I had previously and since I'm already smiling, I usually remain in a positive mindset. It's worth a try.

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Try counteracting by listing in writing the things you have to be thankful for and the things that make you happy. How about planning for that neat vacation you're gonna take? That should do the trick.

If not, get your mind occupied with something else - preferably humorous - like a tv show, movie or fun book. If you have kids, spend some quality time with them just chilling. Those are good places to be.

If you do volunteer work call them and talk about what you are doing with them. Maybe there is a project that could use your energy. And certainly don't forget to come to SP and read some of the Success Stories to get your motivation charged.

Let us know how it goes. I care.

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When something gets me down like the stressful day i'm having at work today i notice i'll start thinking about other things i'm unhappy about and just can't get out of my funk down feeling mood. it kinda ruins my day and i'm not sure how to stop or counteract it so i don't let myself get down then just adding all my other troubles on top of it? Anyone have any ideas of how to snap out of a down mood? i need a good distraction.. emoticon

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