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  1. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I started running outdoors when covid hit. In the beginning I wasn't able to run more than 2 miles continuously. Today I did a 9 mile run which was pretty cool to see the progress. I was on...

    I started running outdoors when covid hit. In the beginning I wasn't able to run more than 2 miles continuously. Today I did a 9 mile run which was pretty cool to see the progress. I was on crutches in January so its an amazing feelin to be able to do this. Additionally I have been doing weight training 2 times a week and some yin yoga. Trying to eat healthier overall. I am down a size and feeling better overall. Good stuff.

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  2. Comment on Meat isn’t evil, it’s how we raise it, how it’s prepared, and what it’s eaten with in ~food

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    He touches in on it passingly "meat itself isn’t evil, it’s the method by which we farm it (feed lots and CAFOs-Confined Animal Feeding Operations)". Definitely selective in what he addressed.

    He touches in on it passingly "meat itself isn’t evil, it’s the method by which we farm it (feed lots and CAFOs-Confined Animal Feeding Operations)". Definitely selective in what he addressed.

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  3. Comment on What are you doing to reduce your impact? in ~talk

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    I am a vegetarian, try to conserve water, and recycle as much as possible. Goal is to one day go fully plant based. cheers!

    I am a vegetarian, try to conserve water, and recycle as much as possible. Goal is to one day go fully plant based. cheers!

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  4. Comment on Former President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the ‘state of our democracy’ in ~news

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    Watching this restored some hope I have lost in the last couple of years as we see the policies of the current congress and whitehouse unfold. He was a true leader, an eloquent speaker, and one...

    Watching this restored some hope I have lost in the last couple of years as we see the policies of the current congress and whitehouse unfold. He was a true leader, an eloquent speaker, and one hell of a man. One of my personal heros for sure.

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    Hi there all! I tried sliding cupping today on the upper back and have some crazy bruising. Feel kinda wompy after it too; supposedly various toxins are being expunged. I don't know much about it...

    Hi there all! I tried sliding cupping today on the upper back and have some crazy bruising. Feel kinda wompy after it too; supposedly various toxins are being expunged. I don't know much about it but definitely funny looking! Hope it helps eventually :)

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  8. Comment on Those with mood disorders; how do you cope? in ~health

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    Reading this made me a little teary eyed . . . You truly understand, I can't tell you how much I relate to everything you have mentioned; especially the self care, substance, and self critical...

    Reading this made me a little teary eyed . . . You truly understand, I can't tell you how much I relate to everything you have mentioned; especially the self care, substance, and self critical parts.

    I track some habits in a spreadsheet each morning/evening but when I am low or too high that goes out of the window. I always come back when I level out but its very frustrating as I know those are the times I will benefit the most from doing these things. My substance use does highly correlate with this so I will focus more effort on eliminating that from life; especially alcohol. Its just the volume gets so loud... It becomes unbearable at times. May I ask what habit tracking apps you use? I am going to check out the bullet journal, thank you for that suggestion and for sharing this with me. I am not happy that you have to experience this as well but I feel less alone and more hopeful after reading this.

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  9. Comment on Those with mood disorders; how do you cope? in ~health

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    Thank you, I like the idea of a sanity check with someone I trust - going to try that out. Self forgiveness is huge, Over the last several years I have made a concerted effort to convert my inner...

    Thank you, I like the idea of a sanity check with someone I trust - going to try that out. Self forgiveness is huge, Over the last several years I have made a concerted effort to convert my inner dialogue from a running diatribe to one of encouragement, like what I would say to motivate a family member or friend. It definitely has had a big effect, especially when facing setbacks. Unfortunately I have not mastered the ability to be able to do this uniformly; I feel like if certain buttons are pushed or too much occurs in a short period of time I revert back to the extremely negative self talk. I suppose like any skill practice makes perfect. Thank you for sharing!

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  10. Comment on Those with mood disorders; how do you cope? in ~health

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    I literally just texted that to my SO; People here actually care, give real responses. Its not just jokes or mean things. Very powerful stuff.

    I literally just texted that to my SO; People here actually care, give real responses. Its not just jokes or mean things. Very powerful stuff.

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  11. Comment on Those with mood disorders; how do you cope? in ~health

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    You hit the nail on the head with the unexpected life situations part; I can be doing great, on track with my stats across the board and then something happens at work, with family, or something...

    You hit the nail on the head with the unexpected life situations part; I can be doing great, on track with my stats across the board and then something happens at work, with family, or something else. Then I am reeling and often can't quite pull myself in so it devolves its a full depressive cycle. Usually it is a least few days to come back.

    Thank you for sharing :)

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  12. Comment on Those with mood disorders; how do you cope? in ~health

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    I am sorry to hear about the anxiety flare up, small humans stealing one's sleep definitely adds to the challenge! I feel you on the meds; I haven't been on any meds for quite some time now. I...

    I am sorry to hear about the anxiety flare up, small humans stealing one's sleep definitely adds to the challenge!

    I feel you on the meds; I haven't been on any meds for quite some time now. I know if I was I would experience less suffering / disruption in my life from my cycling. But when I was on them I didn't feel like me, I felt like a zombie. Its a difficult choice.

    I hope you are able to find relief! Thank you for sharing :)

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  13. Comment on Those with mood disorders; how do you cope? in ~health

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    This is very helpful thank you so much for sharing! Gives me confidence that I am on the right track :)

    This is very helpful thank you so much for sharing! Gives me confidence that I am on the right track :)

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  14. Comment on Those with mood disorders; how do you cope? in ~health

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    I also chose to remove caffiene from my life; results were great with regards to reducing anxiety. You are right, very mind altering indeed. I really like the "constructing reality from a choice...

    I also chose to remove caffiene from my life; results were great with regards to reducing anxiety. You are right, very mind altering indeed.

    I really like the "constructing reality from a choice of alternative inputs". That is very powerful; I struggle a lot with awareness on how much my emotional state is contributing to my construction of reality.

    Thank you for sharing :)

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  15. Those with mood disorders; how do you cope?

    I was curious if there are others on this site who struggle with mood disorders and what coping mechanisms are used. I myself was diagnosed bipolarII and have struggled with anxiety / depression...

    I was curious if there are others on this site who struggle with mood disorders and what coping mechanisms are used. I myself was diagnosed bipolarII and have struggled with anxiety / depression for my entire life. Initially I sought relief in medication and therapy but over the last several years have had great success with a variety of coping mechanisms. Specifically each morning I try to ensure I do several 'feel goods' that include:

    1. questions - "what am I happy/proud/grateful about? Why? How does that make me feel" and "Who do I love, who loves me, how does that make me feel?"
    2. Review core beliefs / positive affirmations that I keep on my google drive. Few examples: "I can weather any storm", "Failure is just feedback the current approach isn't working", "I am responsible for everything in my life"
    3. Journaling about feelings, what's happened.
    4. Meditation - 20-30 minutes following the breath

    I also find that keeping a regular sleep schedule, exercise routine, and scheduling a couple social events a week helps. I have learned drinking and other substance is especially damaging for me so I try my best to avoid as much as possible. I still cycle through depression and hypomania rather rapidly but these things help mitigate those highs and lows.

    What do you do to cope?

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  16. Comment on What's something you're passionate about? in ~talk

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    THIS. I am doing the same thing, been very focused on increasing my self awareness, emotional regulation, eating a more plant based diet for health/moral/environmental reasons. I feel like if I...

    THIS. I am doing the same thing, been very focused on increasing my self awareness, emotional regulation, eating a more plant based diet for health/moral/environmental reasons. I feel like if I can be better for myself i will be better to everyone.

  17. Comment on How has your first few days on tildes been? in ~talk

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    I have also noticed the quality of discussion and candor the users maintain in their responses; I enjoy it tremendously! I feel safe posting things here, like the community isn't going to try to...

    I have also noticed the quality of discussion and candor the users maintain in their responses; I enjoy it tremendously! I feel safe posting things here, like the community isn't going to try to tear apart whatever I have just said. Its very refreshing!

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  18. Comment on What are you trying to accomplish this week? in ~talk

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    I hope we both cycle through to calmer seas :) Good luck on the exams!

    I hope we both cycle through to calmer seas :) Good luck on the exams!

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  19. Comment on What are you trying to accomplish this week? in ~talk

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    Fell into a bit of a depressive cycle recently so focusing the energy on getting back on track with everything. Trying to be kind to myself in during the process; that can be tough!

    Fell into a bit of a depressive cycle recently so focusing the energy on getting back on track with everything. Trying to be kind to myself in during the process; that can be tough!

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  20. Comment on What are you trying to accomplish this week? in ~talk

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    I send you warm and fuzzy job hunting vibes! I hope you find something spectacular :)

    I send you warm and fuzzy job hunting vibes! I hope you find something spectacular :)