I've written before about the ways I cope with mild depression (need I say that if you have a doozier depression, you should not consult ME, a blogger with zero qualifications of any kind, but should instead consult someone who possesses ACTUAL MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE?):
1. A Pitiful List
2. Day Sadness
3. Easy, Inexpensive Ways to Feel Better
Sunshine and lights, coffee and warm food, skin contact and cuddling, small purchases, funny stuff, things that smell nice, music, fish oil and vitamin D---those are the basics.
But I haven't yet figured out how to deal with acid-in-the-stomach moods. Today I am obsessing senselessly about an altercation I had with a clerk yesterday: my mom and I found a rack of stuff marked "$4 and under," and we asked the clerk to price-check something from that rack that was marked $7. Even though the clerk was standing right at a register, she wouldn't check the price, saying the price marked was correct. So we pointed out the sign on the rack, which she felt was irrelevant, and then there was a discussion about whether a store could have a display marked "Everything $4 and under!" that was more than half full of items marked higher than $4, with my position on the subject being "No" and her position on the subject being "I'm sorry, ma'am, but we don't print the signs and we don't mark the prices and we don't have anything to do with anything including checking prices at all, so we are not responsible for any illegal and fraudulent errors our total lack of involvement may cause." I may be paraphrasing both positions.
[Notice I'm not mentioning the name of the store, and it's because I shop there regularly and I have never ever had any sort of problem even remotely like this before. So I don't want to slam the whole chain just because a single problem with a single clerk. I plan to shop there again and everything, I just plan not to go to the particular location with this particular clerk, because now the whole store feels tainted by this encounter. But there is another location I can go to instead.]
Anyway. The real trouble is what home remedies to use on this acidy, stewing, unpleasant mood. When I feel like this, treats don't really help, nor do any of the "be nice to self" things that can help with a depressed mood. Coffee might help, but also might backfire considerably, adding acid and adrenaline to a situation already steeped in it. Tranquilizers or drinks just make me tired and sullen in addition to crappy and acidy. Sometimes I work on chores, because if I'm going to be a miserable bear to live with no matter what, I might as well be getting the laundry done while I'm at it. I try to eat good foods, because I've found that sugar can make this kind of mood worse.
But that's all I've got. Tips appreciated, as long as they're not "Just don't think about it" or "Just don't let it bother you," both of which are the equivalent of "Just be a different person! It's so easy!" What little things do you do/use to shake yourself out of a bad mood of this sort?
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