My spirit feels so hollow and empty and all of my vivacious vitality is gone. I don't want to talk with a professional and deal with the awkward barriers of being comfortable with a stranger and unloading so many private psychological details with a stranger face to face. I want to cry but it's like my body won't let me. I feel such a deep sense of sadness. How can I move past this? It's really becoming a heavy distraction and preventing me from staying focused on my priorities. Please help me out?
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I don't know if what I'm going to say helps but I understand where you're coming from, I know what it's like to feel a void eat away at everything and all that's left is a shell. Well, for me that's basically what it is. I feel like a walking corpse and yet no one around me seems to notice, or at least ask me what's up. And I lose interest/focus on my priorities as well, so annoying especially when something important comes up!
Some people will say go outside and interact with people, like friends or family, maybe talk to someone you care about and trust about this. (But personally I find it hard to do this one.) Anyway I made a list of some things.
What I find that could help are;
Reading, something non-depressive, preferably funny and adventurous (avoid doom and gloom) (well it might hep it might make it worse, it helps me sometimes to read bad things, dunno why.)
Watch movies, shows, anime, youtube videos that would make you laugh or does, or try to at least.
Drawing/writing out my feelings, venting it out. I used to write journals and they helped clear up my mind and organise the mess of thoughts and emotions.
Maybe if you play an instrument try playing out your emotions, or sing if you sing...
I like to spend time outside as well, especially with my cat. It's like my own therapist who doesn't judge me! (So reconnecting with nature might help.)
Keeping busy is a big one.
Try and channel the negativity into something productive (I usually have to force myself or go on 'auto-drive'?). Sometimes writing out a list or timetable to do certain things will help give you a focus for each day or something, so you know you have a purpose. It makes me feel better when i have a purpose for each day.
I like to clean as well.
And exercise. It's supposed to be good for both your head and body, so try that I guess?
Physical contact like hugs (and holding hands?) are great sometimes, depends on the person though? Some people make me feel better than others.
There are a few more but I can't think of them right now, I'm not sure if this helps. It might, it might not. But these are some of my coping methods I guess? It's probably not moving on as much as trying to get through it...
But I hope you are able to revive your "vivacious vitality"!