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Getting Out of My Head

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If you’re like me, you live in your head most of the time.

Even if your head is a pleasant place to spend a lot of time in, it’s healthy to “get out of your head” once in a while. Daily, actually. If you are someone who suffers from clinical depression, then getting out of your head in a positive way is a crucial part of your self-care regimen.

You get out of your head by getting grounded in your body.

That’s what usually works for me, and I should probably do more of this (but admittedly, I don’t.)

I hate exercising, but I tend to enjoy the activity more if I were exercising in a group (like a class), or taking a martial arts class because there is structure in the activity. Here, the atmosphere and culture of the environment is CRUCIAL, because if you have a poorly managed environment, you’d spend more time analyzing the leadership problems of the class than participating.

I hate gardening, but I don’t mind doing arts and crafts with my little boy, and it becomes a way for me to work with my hands, participate with another person and at the same time, spend quality time with that person.

I enjoy music, and wish I could play an instrument; it would be a way for me to use a different way to “think” with my brain. Since I don’t, I will sing loudly and dance (I do this with my little boy).

I’m too fidgety to meditate, even though at one point I was able to build up my patience and tolerance for stillness to 30 minutes.

I find taking a walk or even a short run can do wonders for my mind.

I don’t recommend this, but I do it sometimes, and it works (therefore, easily abused) — I eat. The key here is to eat very stimulating and richly seasoned foods. Bland foods don’t cut it. If the food were spicy enough and rich enough, I’d eat less of it and be satisfied.

I’m an introvert, so one of the ways I can get out of my head is by forcing myself to talk to someone else on the phone or preferably in person. Sometimes getting into someone else’s head helps get me out of my own.

How do YOU get out of your head?

Written by Jane Chin

October 25th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Posted in Mental Health