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Anyone have suggestions for how to reduce stress or sadness? 

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2 deviants said I’m never good at thinking of ways to make my mood better... I’m actually terrible at it.
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2 deviants said Stay hydrated, and stay happy mes amis
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No deviants said I used to be able to do it throught art and writing, but those haven’t been doing it for me...
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No deviants said I figured I’d ask for advice. It’s a pretty tough spot I’m in at the moment, and I’d like to get better, you know?
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No deviants said If you’ve got any advice, feel free to either comment on this, or note me. Whichever is fine with me.

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Caracal-Caracal Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For stress you need relaxation, for sadness you need laughter. Comfort can help for both, if a specific thing is causing it. (Such as stressed about school, someone telling you that it’s not your fault, the class is hard, take it easy, etc.) 
Laughter and relaxation can often easily be achieved by sitting back and watching a good show or movie. Usually not a meaningful one, but some random thing meant to get people laughing. Spending too long doing smth like that can make you feel tired and lousy, and add to both emotions if you feel like you wasted time, so set a limit as to how much you’ll watch beforehand.

Depending on your interests, other activities might for better. A book or game, a walk outside, hanging out with friends. If you need to get work done, try to take breaks and treat yourself well. Listen to your favorite music while working. Try to pick music that will help you get stuff done and enjoy doing it, such as fast paced music for physical activity, or wordless, slower music for reading and writing. (Classical has always been recommended to me, but when I get bored of it I go for techno.) 

Since you said art and writing aren’t helping, I’ll add that you probably just need a break. Try to stick to simple sketches or quick writing idea ‘doodles’ and only do more when you really want to. Sometimes expecting more of yourself artistically than you are in the mood for can add to stress and sadness by making you feel unaccomplished or useless. Creative energy comes and goes in a cycle, so take it easy when you aren’t feeling it. Usually there is a period of strong creative energy and a period of recovery with neutral periods in between. If you push yourself too hard when you lack creative energy, it may completely fail to bring any joy that art and writing usually do, and it may be harder to return to the phase of energy. 

This is a bit long I’m sorry! I’m just familiar with stress and sadness and have found some pretty effective ways of dealing with it and wanted to share them all in hopes that some are helpful to you. I hope you feel better soon!
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DentistChicken Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Mon ami, you've hit the nail right on the head with all of this! I truly thank you for this in-depth advice. These are all great ways to combat both stress and sadness. Thank you!
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Benepotentia Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I sleep or find some way to escape. For me, it's usually through playing a video game-- preferably a cute fun one like Stardew Valley or Slime Rancher. You could borrow them from me if you wanted.
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