Ah yes. Temptation. Like going out for dinner and wanting dessert even though you’re completely full. No? Not quite? Okay. Anywaaaaaaay … Temptation is one of those feelings that almost everyone feels – and is usually towards something we genuinely know we shouldn’t have or do (LIKE THAT DESSERT).
However, jokes aside, temptation can also be through physical acts – such as self-harm, hitting/punching walls, etc. These types of temptations, at least through my experience, are brought upon during my episodes of depression (or any mental illness) and I find that I am at my most vulnerable.
I wish I could tell you that temptation will go away. But I can’t. Unfortunately, it will always come and go. However, to help resist these temptations, I’ll be sharing with you my top five ways to help.
I swear exercise helps with just about everything. Lately, I’ve been getting back into yoga. And for me, yoga has always been an outlet. It has combined the beautiful practice of meditation with exercise. It allows me to stay in the present moment, but also let go of any worries, troubles, or stressors I have going on. I take the time to clear my mind and focus on what I am doing in that particular moment.
Another practice that has been an outlet for me for many years. Recently, I bought Lea Michele’s book called “You First.” This journal/book is broken down into different categories. Each category is then further broken down into sections and each section gives specific questions relating to the topic. For me, it’s nice because I find that a blank journal can be quite intimidating. Why? Because I have not a single clue as to where I should start to write and what I should include. It’s nice to have a guide and sense of direction.
Listening To Music
Music has always been my number one outlet. Whether I’m happy, sad, alone, angry, I know that I can always listen to music to help better my mood. Recently, I’ve been listening to a lot of Adele – my two favourite songs being “Make You Feel My Love” and “I’ll Be Waiting.”
Talking To Someone
Sometimes, just talking to someone about how you’re feeling and what you’re going through is enough. Sometimes having someone there with you is just as satisfying.
Not a fan of being around other people when you’re upset? That’s okay. Being by yourself is just as satisfying. I tend to like to be alone. It helps me gather my thoughts and feelings. However, usually when I’m feeling tempted, I sit on my hands. I don’t really know why, but it’s mainly because of the temptations I’m feeling.
If you try out any of these, let me know what works and what doesn’t. And if you have any of your own methods to fight temptation, let me know!
Alex Newton is a nursing student and mental health advocate. She grew up in a small town and plans on moving to London, England one day and open up her own health practice. She has a cat named Maya who she adopted whilst going through some difficulties. She’s a daughter, sister, and warrior who enjoys a nice cuppa tea.