Thank you @talor for this request!! It helps me to put all of this in one place so that I can go back to it if needed.
  1. I take medication
    I know that medication is not for everyone, but since I started taking it, I have had way more good days than bad days. This has become my primary coping mechanism and it works very well for me.
  2. I watch videos and look at pictures from when I was a baby/toddler
    It reminds me of a simpler time, when I didn't have so much to worry about. Plus, nostalgia is a nice place to visit sometimes.
  3. I take a shower
    I LOVE showers. I love getting clean, plus they're my "me time." No one else can bother me and it just becomes my safe space. It's impossible for me to get out of the shower and be in a bad mood. It's science.
  4. I go to sleep
    For some reason, my depression and anxiety usually becomes worse at night (I think it has to do with the fact that I sleep alone, so I feel very isolated, plus I'm afraid of the dark, so that doesn't help). And the way that I fix this is to just go to sleep. Almost always, I feel better the next morning. And guess what? Every single time, I've woken up the next morning and the world hasn't ended. I'd call that success.
  5. I go spend time with people/my dogs
    When I'm dealing with my depression and anxiety, I tend to feel like I'm losing my mind and my grip on reality. Spending time with other living beings helps "bring me back to earth" and reminds me that this is just a world, it's not a monster. So I go find anyone, my mom, my dad, my sister, my cousin, my friends, my dogs, and I just talk to them like nothing is wrong, and it suddenly makes me calm down.
  6. I watch a funny tv show that feels like home to me
    Shows that fit this description: Friends, How I Met Your Mother, That '70s Show, The Office. All of these shows make me laugh, plus they feel very familiar and comfortable to me, and they remind me of when I was a happier person.
  7. I stare at a wall
    Seriously. Walls are so boring that when my brain is out of control, it helps slow me down and stop freaking out. It gives me perspective in some incredibly weird way.
  8. And I'll admit, there are times when none of these work, or I'm in school or doing homework or something and I can't stop what I'm doing and do one of these things.
    That's when it gets more challenging. But I'm still learning, I'm learning new things every day and I'm hoping I will have some ways to calm myself down when I'm also really busy and I need to get stuff done.