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aceyArisen
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24 Nov 2014, 11:07 pm

I dunno about the rest of you, but I have some activities that I find incredibly soothing. Not stims (though I have those too), but just activities I find comforting.

One of the most comforting things for me is puzzles of all sorts. My favorite is probably a puzzle I myself came up with--I call it a "reverse crossword," and all it requires is a sheet of graph paper and a pencil. (NOT a pen--you want to be able to erase!) Basically, I give myself a theme and see how many words/short phrases I can come up with that fit that theme...but they have to fit on the paper, either horizontally or vertically, and they have to intersect with other words. Like a crossword, but in reverse...hence the name. :P

Here's an example, the theme being HS characters:

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Puzzles in general are soothing for me, though. I love the tile puzzle thing in Pokemon, for instance.

I also get a real sense of calm from organizing random things. For instance, I like "un-shuffling" my collection of tarot decks--putting the cards back in order.

So does anyone else have an activity that soothes them?


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24 Nov 2014, 11:25 pm

I tend to watch people fighting on youtube. Like actual street fights or MMA stuff... I quite like seeing grown men beat the living snot out of each other.



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24 Nov 2014, 11:48 pm

Creating new levels/campaigns for RTS games made back when I was born.

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24 Nov 2014, 11:50 pm

The sound of the falling rain when I'm in bed at night.


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24 Nov 2014, 11:54 pm

CockneyRebel wrote:
The sound of the falling rain when I'm in bed at night.


Rain and thunder for me.

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25 Nov 2014, 12:50 am

Listening to the rain against my window.

Listening to the ticking of clocks.

Listening to calm voices (like documentaries).

Playing Solitaire or Mahjong.


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25 Nov 2014, 2:28 am

Posting to forums



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25 Nov 2014, 4:50 am

Reading.
Long solitary walks.
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25 Nov 2014, 5:32 am

Rain sound when i'm in bed², cloudy days.



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25 Nov 2014, 6:02 am

Watching the same movie over an over and over and over and over again. If this universe is going to be so damn unpredictable - at least I can create for a few hours a micro-universe that is 100% predictable. I find that soothing.

Of course rain and cloudy days - like others have said. Lots of people have England as one of their favorite countries. I'm probably one of the few whose favorite thing about England is the weather.


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25 Nov 2014, 6:15 am

I like to press my hands against my eyeballs...

More activity-wise: I agree with r2d2 about watching something familiar, except I prefer TV shows like The Office, Scrubs and How I Met Your Mother. I've probably watched the complete run of these shows several times over.


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25 Nov 2014, 7:41 am

Trees are very calming to me. And certain kinds of music. Movies and YouTube videos.



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25 Nov 2014, 7:45 am

Darkness. Music like this:



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25 Nov 2014, 9:20 am

Watching Bob Ross. Everything about that show is soothing. From the sound of the brush on the canvas to his voice. I feel so relaxed while watching this show.


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25 Nov 2014, 11:13 am

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The thing in front is called my scarfy. It's very comforting to me because it's soft like cotton. I love it so much. It's like a security blanket for me too. It's actually just a ratty old scarf to others.


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25 Nov 2014, 7:30 pm

King_oni wrote:
I tend to watch people fighting on youtube. Like actual street fights or MMA stuff... I quite like seeing grown men beat the living snot out of each other.


Do you experience physical arousal(i'm not talking sexual, of course) when you view these fights?