Ideas to Lift Your Spirits

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by LindaS, Aug 14, 2020.

    1. LindaS

      LindaS Member

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      sensorineural hearing loss
      I thought it would be nice to have a place to go to when your spirits need a lift.
      Where every one could post something that helps them.

      So, what do you do to lift your spirits when you are down?


      I've come up with three things that really help me when I get down in the dumps or lose hope.

      1: Create a T & H book

      Spoiler: It does not stand for tinnitus and hyperacusis
      It stands for "Treasury of Hope."
      Print off success stories and inspirational posts and put them in a binder.
      (Good to have close by when you can't sleep)

      2: Slideshow of beautiful places

      Collect images of beautiful places: Forests, streams, rivers, lakes, night skies, cabins in the woods, trails, seasonal nature, interior of cabins and homes... any place you deem to be an escape to a happy place.
      View when you need a few minutes of escape from current reality.

      3. Attitude of Gratitude

      Start a gratitude journal. Find something (anything) even just one little thing each day that was positive or that you were grateful for. (I know, some days it's really hard).
       
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    2. ShaunR

      ShaunR Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Concert + Motorbike
      Hi @LindaS,

      Thanks for theses ideas. I've been trying to find ways of coping recently and failed miserably.

      My Councillor is teaching me mindfulness and CBT... which I'm hoping will aid my coping.

      My Fiance is making me keep a weekly journal to mark any progress... things have changed but to be honest I'm still a wreck. Constant face pain and burning 24/7 is draining.

      Hoping you are doing well.

      Shaun.
       
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    3. aot
      Bookworm

      aot Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016. Worsened 11/2019.
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound induced, worsened due to noise expouse + flu.
      All of these are great ideas, Linda.

      How about a tinnitus journal? Basically, every night before you go to bed, write down every point that day that you didn't notice your tinnitus, or it didn't bother you. (Literally just thought of this right now.)

      I also find that reading (with sound enrichment if needed) or listening to audiobooks/podcasts help a ton when it comes to making me relax.

      (Also, I'm very sorry to have read about your recent setback. I hope you feel better soon.) :huganimation:
       
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    4. Lizards
      Pooptoast

      Lizards Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/21/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      I like to go on google maps and pick a random city in a different country, and then explore using the street view.
       
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    5. bobvann
      Cheeky

      bobvann Member

      Location:
      Inside the vortex
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud shit
      Problem with that is it keeps you focused on monitoring your tinnitus.
       
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    6. Elmer B Fuddled

      Elmer B Fuddled Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      plugged nasal eustachian tube
      How about a fifth of whisky.
       
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      LindaS

      LindaS Member

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      sensorineural hearing loss
      I like the way you think! :beeranimation:
       
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      LindaS

      LindaS Member

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      sensorineural hearing loss
      What an awesome idea!
       
    9. Ava Lugo
      Gloomy

      Ava Lugo Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/03/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus
      Thank you Linda for the ideas!
       
    10. UKBloke

      UKBloke Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1991
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music / family history
      Digging the garden is my release.

      If you don't have a garden, even just tending some small pot plants can be a nice pastime.
       
    11. JohnDoe2020
      Brooding

      JohnDoe2020 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Good music
      I enjoy getting into the zone while running or practicing drums (tapping drum sticks on my lap or a quiet pad). Endurance workouts like these help me appreciate my physical capabilities, and it takes my mind off everything to focus on breathing, mechanics, etc.
       
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