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How to develop resilience as an adult

Or, help me kick my own ass. Please. [more inside]
posted by switcheroo to Human Relations at 9:43 PM on Sep 18, 2017 - 23 answers [62 favorites (52 in the past 7 days)]

With depression, what gets you through the lowest days?

I have bipolar disorder and take mood stabilisers which helps with the mood swings, but sometimes out of nowhere my mood will totally plummet. There doesn't need to be any external cause although things like changes in sleep patterns can trigger it. Nothing that I usually enjoy (like cinema or music) makes me happy, the only thing that brings me comfort is overeating with takeaways and lying in bed all day trying to sleep it away, and my personal hygiene and self-care goes out the window. Obviously these are not good coping strategies. Thankfully I don't have issues with self-harm or self-medicating, but these episodes cause me a lot of emotional pain and I think my coping mechanisms make them last longer than they need to. I can't take anti-depressants with my illness because they can trigger a manic episode. What gets you through times like these, if you have this issue? At the moment I just have to ride them out but it gets exhausting.
posted by AuroraSky to Health at 1:02 PM on Sep 20, 2017 - 26 answers [42 favorites]

Paper reference library

I want to own a series of good reference texts for my home that I can browse and with which to edify myself. Right now, I am most interested in learning about geography, but I am open to suggestions on any reference texts that are important to have in a home library. [more inside]
posted by sockermom to Education at 5:53 AM on Sep 19, 2017 - 22 answers [39 favorites]

"You Are Enough"

What books, audio, video, songs, affirmations, slogans, meditations, or other things have best convinced/re-affirmed you of the belief that "you are enough"? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike to Grab Bag at 2:36 PM on Sep 21, 2017 - 13 answers [35 favorites]

Must-know things to prevent imminent house disaster

After having three major house emergencies (flooding, pest infestation, and now a corroded main sewer line) I have come to the realization that I don't know enough about preventative home maintenance. What are some of the key things I should be doing to avoid another major crisis? Insanity inside. [more inside]
posted by joan_holloway to Home & Garden at 5:05 PM on Sep 23, 2017 - 9 answers [32 favorites]

Help me step up my vodka infusing game!

Based on a wonderful drink I had on vacation in Indianapolis, I've decided to take up infusing vodka with various flavors as a hobby. However, my process seems inefficient, and I've screwed up a recent batch badly. Please give me your advice // recipes // ideas! [more inside]
posted by isauteikisa to Food & Drink at 2:19 PM on Sep 23, 2017 - 16 answers [28 favorites]

Period dramas, but not those rich folk

I'm looking for the anti-Downtown Abbey, does it exist? I feel like I'm looking for a unicorn [more inside]
posted by lesser weasel to Media & Arts at 5:34 PM on Sep 25, 2017 - 37 answers [27 favorites]

Books about sheltered people becoming worldly

What are some books where the protagonist is naive/spoilt/sheltered and goes through a life changing experience that makes them worldly and resilient? [more inside]
posted by lazy robot to Writing & Language at 2:38 AM on Sep 20, 2017 - 42 answers [25 favorites]

Mystery Sexy Theater 3000

I've been invited to a bad erotica reading. I need ridiculous erotica! [more inside]
posted by Sauce Trough to Media & Arts at 10:16 PM on Sep 20, 2017 - 22 answers [25 favorites]

Your favorite fudge recipes, please?

Fudge. It sounds like something I should learn to make. I've seen this previously, and will certainly try the Fannie Farmer version, but I'd love to try YOUR family recipe if you're willing to share it. Thanks!
posted by MonkeyToes to Food & Drink at 4:13 PM on Sep 25, 2017 - 13 answers [24 favorites]

fidget object. not toy

I'm looking for something to fidget with, not a fidget toy or anything made to be fidgeted with. For example, a pocket knife is perfect except that would be inappropriate at meetings and sometimes I am not sober and shouldn't be around sharp objects. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip to Grab Bag at 9:19 PM on Sep 21, 2017 - 45 answers [23 favorites]

Only kind of put your load right on me.

How to be empathic about anxiety without giving myself anxiety at the same time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 2:59 AM on Sep 25, 2017 - 15 answers [22 favorites]

ISO amazing potluck dessert recipe

My friends are having an end-of-summer potluck this weekend and I have volunteered to bring a dessert. Desserts are perhaps my one and only strong suit when it comes to cooking, but all of my go-to awe-inspiring recipes are very long and complicated and/or unsuitable for a casual pot luck (Paris-Brest cake! Creme brulee!) and I'm still in the process of replenishing my kitchen after my roommate moved out and took his half of the pots and pans. :) Suggestions please for a relatively simple but spectacular dessert for such an occasion? [more inside]
posted by thereemix to Food & Drink at 4:02 PM on Sep 19, 2017 - 27 answers [20 favorites]

Folk horror recs?

The Wicker Man (1973) is one of my favorite horror movies, and I'm interested in further exploring the genre of "folk horror". What movies/books do you recommend?
posted by celestine to Media & Arts at 5:09 PM on Sep 25, 2017 - 24 answers [20 favorites]

I want the app equivalent of the the pill timer cap

Is there an app/web equivalent of the pill timer cap? These caps tell you the last time you opened the bottle (in days or hours or whatever). I want a webpage or app (iOS) version where I can get a list of things, and it will allow me to click to say "I just did this" and then count up and show me how long it's been since I clicked last. [more inside]
posted by that girl to Computers & Internet at 11:01 AM on Sep 22, 2017 - 7 answers [19 favorites]

Tips and tricks for cast iron cooking?

What the rules of thumb when cooking and baking on cast irons skillets/pans? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 to Food & Drink at 8:41 PM on Sep 23, 2017 - 23 answers [19 favorites]

Coolest building to explore in Chicago?

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is opening up 200+ locations for free tours during the annual Open House Chicago event. Out of this list of locations, what are the most rare and beautiful sites I can view? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana to Travel & Transportation at 1:52 PM on Sep 25, 2017 - 8 answers [19 favorites]

Wanted: mental health/therapy podcasts and leftist history podcasts

I am looking for two different types of podcasts: podcasts that focus on therapy and/or mental health aspects of specific people AND podcasts that focus on leftist history. Examples and parameters inside. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic to Media & Arts at 9:28 AM on Sep 22, 2017 - 12 answers [17 favorites]

How do I even children's book?

Can you point me to resources for children's book writing? How-tos, what-tos, etc.? I'm thinking about turning this little story into something submittable because a few people have asked me (and my own kids love it), but I haven't the foggiest idea where to begin. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to Writing & Language at 8:30 PM on Sep 24, 2017 - 5 answers [17 favorites]

How to relax in my cubicle at work

I've had a long and kinda-stressful week at work and it's not quite over. What can I do to feel super-relaxed and calm when I'm in a cube farm? (That is, in addition to the large quantities of herbal tea I already consume.) [more inside]
posted by capricorn to Health at 6:54 PM on Sep 21, 2017 - 22 answers [16 favorites]

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