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Old 07-23-07, 07:07 PM   #1
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I think I'm an emo kid.

Just kidding.

Hmmm I was thinking to myself if I wanted to make this thread or not for the last half an hour. It's just, lately like the past week it just feels like everything isn't going the way I thought it would, or the way I wanted it, and quite a few things are bothering me, and thinking about them, has left me exhausted. I just completely feel mentally exhausted right now. I think this is all coming out because I've gotten 5 hours or less of sleep every night for the last few days, on top of working all day. 4 or 5 days ago I even completely lost my excitement for my road trip in a week, which is completely not like me. I know there are a few bfers on here, Scott, VV, and Snowy, etc who hit a bottom and it's been great to see them all rise from the ashes and show how truly strong they are. What did you do to stand up again(not that I'm even nearly in the same position as they were)? and no, I'm not depressed, I don't need no drugs. Just feeling a little, meh lately. I think I need a virtual ***** slap. Where's KT when I need him.
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Hmmm I was thinking to myself if I wanted to make this thread or not for the last half an hour. It's just, lately like the past week it just feels like everything isn't going the way I thought it would, or the way I wanted it, and quite a few things are bothering me, and thinking about them, has left me exhausted. I just completely feel mentally exhausted right now. I think this is all coming out because I've gotten 5 hours or less of sleep every night for the last few days, on top of working all day. 4 or 5 days ago I even completely lost my excitement for my road trip in a week, which is completely not like me. I know there are a few bfers on here, Scott, VV, and Snowy, etc who hit a bottom and it's been great to see them all rise from the ashes and show how truly strong they are. What did you do to stand up again(not that I'm even nearly in the same position as they were)? and no, I'm not depressed, I don't need no drugs. Just feeling a little, meh lately. I think I need a virtual ***** slap. Where's KT when I need him.
Well i hear ya and i am guilty as hell of what you are feeling. I dont want to bike ride anymore, yet i used to bike ride every day just about. I have a 8 day vacation in a luxury cabin in Virginia and i dont feel excited at all. I have been dealing with a lot as well, i hope you can change that funk you are in man.
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Hmmm I was thinking to myself if I wanted to make this thread or not for the last half an hour. It's just, lately like the past week it just feels like everything isn't going the way I thought it would, or the way I wanted it, and quite a few things are bothering me, and thinking about them, has left me exhausted. I just completely feel mentally exhausted right now. I think this is all coming out because I've gotten 5 hours or less of sleep every night for the last few days, on top of working all day. 4 or 5 days ago I even completely lost my excitement for my road trip in a week, which is completely not like me. I know there are a few bfers on here, Scott, VV, and Snowy, etc who hit a bottom and it's been great to see them all rise from the ashes and show how truly strong they are. What did you do to stand up again(not that I'm even nearly in the same position as they were)? and no, I'm not depressed, I don't need no drugs. Just feeling a little, meh lately. I think I need a virtual ***** slap. Where's KT when I need him.
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It's OK Pheard.. we all get like this, everyone does.. big hug.
I also felt like this just this AM, something got me really down, REALLY down...but could also be because i have a cold and, like you said, could be cause you didnt get enough sleep.

we are all humans, we feel ups and there nothing wrong with feeling the downs, it's normal..
here's hug and i could use one too
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I'm not asking for attention or for people to feel sorry for me.

Just practical advice to get out of the funk I'm in.
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Pheard,

Get a passport if you don't have one and visit almost anyplace in the world other than the USA - I can suggest more than a few - and see how the rest of the world lives. Most likely you will return thanking God (or whatever you believe in) that you live where you do and have the opportunities you do.

Compared to almost everyone on the planet - you won the lottery.
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I would try a microwave burrito, a slurpee and a couple of slim jims. If that does not bring you out of this, you are probably a goner.
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It's OK Pheard.. we all get like this, everyone does.. big hug.
I also felt like this just this AM, something got me really down, REALLY down...but could also be because i have a cold and, like you said, could be cause you didnt get enough sleep.

we are all humans, we feel ups and there nothing wrong with feeling the downs, it's normal..
here's hug and i could use one too
Yea I woke up like that today too. I really can't pinpoint exactly what it is that is making me feel all funky. I knew something was up when the usual thing I day dream about(my road bike project) wasn't even of interest to me. I'm sorry you feel that way too Karen, we're just having one of those days.
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I'm not asking for attention or for people to feel sorry for me.

Just practical advice to get out of the funk I'm in.
keep busy, that's what i do, if i get down about something I try to see my friends or take my girls some place fun
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If you are not suffereing from true depression, it'll pass. Everybody feels meh sometimes. If you've been under more stress than usual, in addition to working harder physically than usual, that could very well account for it. Odds are you are not depressed (in the clinical sense), and you'll feel more like your (un)usual goofy self soon enough.

If the feeling doesn't go away and just stays and stays and stays - and we're talking weeks here, not hours or days - maybe you do have a case of depression of some sort. Of course, only a trained professional can make that diagnosis and only an MD can prescribe drugs for it. But before you are sent down that route, a responsible doc will give you a pretty thorough work-up to make sure it isn't something physical (an out-of-whack thyroid, for just one example, can really drag a person's energy and enthusiasm levels down). I would be very suspicious of anyone who just hands you a prescription for Prozac right out of the gate without doing some significant checking.

In any event, do a little on-line research on the symptoms for depression. I don't have a DSM-IV (the book psychiatrists and psychologists use to diagnose mental illnesses) in front of me, but I seem to recall that the definitions for the various types of depression all involve a list of symptoms, and if you have more than a certain number of them most or all of the time for a set period of time, then you may qualify.

Now go ride your bike. Doesn't matter which one.
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Just practical advice to get out of the funk I'm in.
Pheard, little Buddy, we all get in funks.

The trick is to not let them rule you. Get out and do something is usually what I do to break a funk!
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Hey Jon...look down at the third row of your keyboard...











Made you look.

I agree that it happens to everyone. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.
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Just practical advice to get out of the funk I'm in.
First, take care of yourself physically. Get lots of sleep and eat balanced meals.

Then start doing the simple things you enjoy, gardening, walking with your dog, hitting Happy Hours with buddies, etc. Each thing you accomplish successfully will make you feel better and better. Then work up to bigger projects.
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Jon, what saved me was riding my roadbike. And Foo. I could not ride 24/7 when I felt at my worst, and there were days I did not care if I lived or died. But I had Foo, and I forced myself to participate and be engaged, and such interaction has never failed to help turn a bad day around.

But even so, there have been days where I found it hard just breathing in and out. And nothing seemed to have any meaning for me. In those moments, seeing myself sinking, I would recall the advice of my late husband to me, knowing that he would eventually die and I might have a very hard time afterward. He told me to find ways to contribute to others.

Find something you can do for someone else. Go volunteer at a soup kitchen. Go to the library and help teach an adult to read. Volunteer to be a Big Brother. Help an elderly neighbor with yardwork. Just go give of yourself. By doing so, you bring yourself back up out of you, and engage in things and life around you again. And this can make all the difference. There's a very positive euphoria one has just knowing one has made a difference to another.

For now, though, I urge you to just go out and take a short ride on your roadbike. With helmet. If you're like me, the ride sucks donkey balls in the first 3-4 miles, then a euphoria takes over. At the end of 20 miles, I feel like I'm on top of the world! And this lasts for hours.... Just go for short rides of even 10 miles, Jon. I promise you, this will help.

For me, when I'm on the road, there's no past, no future, just the very present, and the pavement passin' under my wheels. The road is a great place to clear one's head, and ease the pain in one's heart. Trust me.

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Thanks, R-dad, and Danno, for all your support these past eight months. You guys, and all the others who talked with me via posts and via PM's just rock. I love you all.

Jon, you've got a great family here. We mess with you, and give you a hard time, but we're all here for you. I know things are kinda hard right now, but the sun keeps comin' up every day, and, you can borrow my favorite mantra: "And this, too, shall pass."
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Jon, what saved me was riding my roadbike. And Foo. I could not ride 24/7 when I felt at my worst, and there were days I did not care if I lived or died. But I had Foo, and I forced myself to participate and be engaged, and such interaction has never failed to help turn a bad day around.

But even so, there have been days where I found it hard just breathing in and out. And nothing seemed to have any meaning for me. In those moments, seeing myself sinking, I would recall the advice of my late husband to me, knowing that he would eventually die and I might have a very hard time afterward. He told me to find ways to contribute to others.

Find something you can do for someone else. Go volunteer at a soup kitchen. Go to the library and help teach an adult to read. Volunteer to be a Big Brother. Help an elderly neighbor with yardwork. Just go give of yourself. By doing so, you bring yourself back up out of you, and engage in things and life around you again. And this can make all the difference. There's a very positive euphoria one has just knowing one has made a difference to another.

For now, though, I urge you to just go out and take a short ride on your roadbike. With helmet. If you're like me, the ride sucks donkey balls in the first 3-4 miles, then a euphoria takes over. At the end of 20 miles, I feel like I'm on top of the world! And this lasts for hours.... Just go for short rides of even 10 miles, Jon. I promise you, this will help.

For me, when I'm on the road, there's no past, no future, just the very present, and the pavement passin' under my wheels. The road is a great place to clear one's head, and ease the pain in one's heart. Trust me.

((hugs))
That was the first thing to truly make me laugh, really hard all day. Wow VV. Do they make women like you my age? Your advice is always so spot on, and I love the idea to go for a ride. I actually talked with someone for about an hour and feel quite a bit better now. I appreciate everyone's understanding.
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Definitely check your diet - when I get into a funk sometimes I realize I was eating a lot more crap. It can be circular too - you feel bad, eat crap, feel worse, eat more crap, etc...

+1 to what everyone else has said too - everyone gets into funks. I try to snap it by finding an adventure, either by myself or with someone. Go to someplace you haven't been before (doesn't have to be very far away or it could be a last minute cheap plane ticket to someplace and an overnight bag). Splurg on a good meal, a good pipe and a good bottle of wine or scotch on a mountain top someplace.
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My GF and I are pulling ourselves out of a serious funk by quitting our jobs and moving to a foreign country! Should be in Vietnam by Dec.-Jan. and gonna be part of a start-up operation. A vocational training school for the new high-tech centres.
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Hey, Danno, that sounds great!

Hope you'll stay in touch with us, and let us know how it goes. I've been turning PeaceCorps over in my mind lately.... I now have my doubts as to how enriching that can be, for me and others, vs what you and gf have on tap....
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