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What's the best way to keep your mind off something?

normally I would draw, but I'm not feeling it, and I did a little activity to help but it didn't take very long, (and I think I messed up anyway by trying to make it last a bit longer.) I'm just upset and want to find a way to keep myself out of my head. I don't have very many things to do to preoccupy myself. Any tips? thanks in advance.

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Ahhhh... put it on something else
doesn't anyone read?

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Heck yeah, we keep it real ! ;)
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australis
The only way to escape from anything that is troubling you is by reading.
Hi Kookie.Long time.:) :)
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Hey Aust !!! Great seeing you, I've been off for a little, family issues, all's good now, we're on our way to the beach!!!
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Oh,I'm glad to hear it.Have fun my friend and know I'm jealous because I'M ON MY WAY TO work.
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Hey ladies!
I'm with you Sandra.. we are both jealous!
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Yeah,I'm going to be working and kookie is going to be basking in the sun.
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@austrails-and I need a good new book to read! If anyone has any recommendations ;)
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And hi blades! Thanks for answering!
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Shaylen what type of books do you like reading.
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That's the thing, I don't even know how to answer when people ask that! I guess I really like books that make me feel different after reading them, like I've gained insight. I like books about life, books that inspire and I like books that are even a little sad. I like adventure, too. Just books with depth and a nice story. I'm picky :P I loved "the fault in our stars" "the perks of being a wallflower" and "Jane eyre" and "the sisterhood of the traveling pants" book series. Haven't read in a while because borders shut down for a while, but now it's back up. :) it's a distance away, and I also never know what to look for.
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I heard life of pi is a book, and "the help", I may check those out. I liked the movies. :P
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shay I just saw this was your Q lol.I'll answer it as soon as I can because I'm a bit busy now ok.
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Shaylen, The Help is awesome, I love to read, my only problem is once I start reading I can't hardly stop until I'm done with the book, I can read a book in 2 to 3 days, but with the hours I work I just can't sleep deprive myself, and trust me, I'll sleep deprive myself just to read, sorta like ASK, it's addicting.
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Same here! I have a very hard time stopping once I get started. I can read and read for hours. I have to stop myself or I'll finish it in two days and I like to draw it out a bit more so I can enjoy it longer. I'll have to read "The Help" everyone I've asked on here says it's a good book. :)
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@austrails-haha, that's alright! And it's ok!
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May I suggest ..
The 10th Insight
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The 10th Insight? What's that one about?
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You can talk to your friends . Text them or you can read .

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Listen to music

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Listen to pandora.
Look at something inspiring and paint it
Or just talk to a close friend about it and get some good advise.
Or spend time with a friend

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you draw just close your eyes and find inspiration ... let yourself go and start drawing ....

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Nice advice!!
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thanks kookie how are you...
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On my way to Gulf Shores!!
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ohh ok have fun = )
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Gonna try the JetSki Jet Pack, can't wait !!!
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wow ghat sounds awesome = )
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that
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Do something you like to do.

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To chat on here with all your friends, remember we are here for you!!!

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Whew! thanks kookie ! :)
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Thanks, kookiegirl. :) sorry I replied so late! I went to my friends. She's going back to the hospital next week so I wanted to visit her a bit first. It did keep my mind off "it" for a little while. :) You're so sweet!
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Thanks Shaylen, you know I'm always here for you, life can be a drag sometimes, but we gotta take the good with the bad. Your problem is you're too good for the people your around, they may even be jealous of your good nature. Don't change sweetie, your an awesome person!!! ;)
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I don't know that they're jealous.... Thanks kookiegirl. :)
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Think about something else to make the thing you WERE thinking of go away. Or do something really fun so where you don't think about it then

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Stay busy! Organize your space, clean things out, do yard work for an elderly person, do volunteer work. Putting the focus on doing for others will get you "out of your head". I promise.

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Thanks, that's very true. :)
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Be active !! Over thinking ALWAYS leads to negative thoughts...

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i second that!
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Don't struggle with pushing the thoughts away, that only makes them come back stronger and then you'll be frustrated and more upset with yourself.
Observe yourself having this disturbing thought. Let it pass. Cry if you need to. Take deep breaths. Let it go.
Repeat as necessary until you find yourself thinking about/doing something else. Remember you're safe and strong, and if you feel unsafe, please call someone and ask for support. Best to you.

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I just go to the shooting range

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read a book or you can sing and dance randomly in your room

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Make yourself busy.

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Keep yourself occupied. Then, you shouldn't have time to think about it.
(ex. walk, listen to music, hang with friends, play games, go swimming.)

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indulge in a good tv series! or a novel perhaps

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Hi Shaylen,
You want a book to read? Try something by H.G. Wells.

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Marcus! Hi!
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H.G Wells? That names sounds really familiar. What kind of books does he write?
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He wrote The Island of Dr. Moreaugh (however you spell that), War of the Worlds, and that one book about the time traveler. Lol. He's the one who's said to have been unique in his thoughts because he would draw pictures of technology way ahead of his time. I have a collection of all his greatest books in one. :)
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It's good to see you but I'm off to bed. :( Hope to see you again soon! Goodnight!
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I think I've seen quotes by him before, and I knew he wrote something I just wasn't sure what. Cool. :) maybe I'll look into those. I've never heard of those books before.
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Ok Marcus, you too! Night!
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Hey there angel. :) Sorry your answer got removed! I promise I didn't flag it. Hope you saw mine and kookie's comment! I did attempt to answer your question!
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Hi Angel, and hi again Shaylen!
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Hiya Marcus! :)
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Shaylen, we haven't talked in forever. How have you been? Anything new to tell me about filmography? >:)
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I know! I've been ok. Got to visit Amber Sunday, which was fun. How have you been? What have you been up to? Haha, well, I'm not in that class anymore, so I haven't learned anything new. :P
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Not in that class anymore? Awewweeewwaaaawhy?
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Cool! I hope Amber is well! I've still been praying for her! As for what I've been up to, learning how to write scientifically and sing better. Lol.
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Lol becaauseee the semester ended. :P I'm really going to miss that class though; I loved it and I especially liked the teacher. He had interesting things to say. I try and analyze the movies that Amber and I watch but she pauses them frequently and talks lol.
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Amber has been doing not so good, but I think it's really been the same even though they say she's doing worse. She's going to the hospital on wed. Thanks for still thinking of her! Anyway, that's great Marcus. :) I bet it sounds interesting. You're very good at writing and explaining ideas. :)
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You're not going back to the class, ever?
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What does Amber feel? Is it, like, pain? Where is it? Not that I can help, I just never knew.
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You think I'm good at explaining my ideas? Really?
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Well, it was just a prerequisite, and I do want to figure out a major soon. And I don't believe there is any follow up film class, and I passed it, so... Yea, haha. It was really interesting though. I liked when we talked about society and how it relates to film, and sociology. But yea, I'm done with that class.
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She gets pain, from her head to her foot. I think she told me once it felt like being twisted from the inside. It's basically extremely painful. She takes strong narcotics or has J-tubes. It eats up all her energy.
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Well, once I figure out the big words ;P But yea, I think so. :) I saw you asked that question once and tried to help but I was having a hard time phrasing an answer!
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@angel-that's ok! Enjoy your movie. :) I just feel bad you didn't get to see kookie and I answered you. :(
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Oh you passed it? Congratulations! Can I ask a question? How would you explain all the science of camera views in one generalizing sentence? If you can, lol.
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Amber's pain sounds terrible. :(
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Yep! I got an A! :D and ummm.... Uhh just ONE sentence? Ahaha I don't know if you've noticed, I'm not very good at condensing. ;P I would say in a general sense, camera angles alter your perception, view, and idea of a character, (when the angels pertain to a character), on their identity, status, and relationships with the other characters, as well as their significance, and how you see them (good or bad, dominate, or victim.) In terms of a scene, angles can be used to created to cause an overall sense of fear, panic, foreshadowing, or a variety of other emotions and ideas. Well that was cr.appy but there ya go ;P
@angel-awesome! I love that movie. :)
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Shaylen, that was good! That should be an opening for a document!
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Ahaha. Thanks. :)
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Oh by the way, Shaylen, do you have a piano or any other instrument around?
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@angel- I didn't care for the sequels. Especially when captain barbosa came back: he was shot in the first one -_-. I just like the first one. :)
@marcus-my brother has a saxophone; he doesn't play it anymore though.
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Oh and I'm doing ok, haha. How are you?
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Aw why not?
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Angel, since you talk to Shaylen as much as I do, we should have duel to see who she likes more... Either that or we could just be friends and both talk to her at an equal status.
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I don't know! He took band in high school (he just graduated last year) but even then, he didn't play it a whole lot. My dad always asks for him to play a song for Christmas on the saxophone, and he always says no, lol.
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Ahaha omg lol. xP things are about to get interesting up in here!
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put a penny on your nose and walk around the room

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I would just face it. write down what it is. List reasons why I want to think about it. Then list reasons how thinking about it so much is solving the problem. Then list reasons why I shouldn't think about it. Say them out loud. Accept the answer and try to move on...then.... I would try to enjoy music, trying to write a poem or a story... or read one... exercise on a stationary bike and watch a mini series on Netflix on a tv or tablet :)

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Thank you. :) very helpful answer.
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just switch off your mind..on that and switch to another one or go and meet your loved ones

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Music helps me forget about the bad stuff :)

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The best way to keep your mind out of something is try hitting yourself in the arm when the thought pops up believe me it works your brain is going to send you a signal if you think about that thought it is goining to hurt it automaticly will stop the thought process.

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think about pink elephants

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step 1.) get phone or cd player or something. step 2.) plug in ear buds. step 3.) lala land.

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i used to go to origami but if u don't feel up to drawing then i don't think you'd be into that. plus the hobbies endless so it will definitely be able to keep your mind off it for a while.

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Nah, I like this idea. :)
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i agree with makoire's suggestions; i also suggest volunteering for either a woman's shelter or homeless shelter. there are are jobs such as driving, cooking/cleaning and even office work. i don't know what your physical abilities or activities are; but my best friend started a kick boxing class and it did wonders for her. good luck!

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