https://www.duolingo.com/garciarak

Language Learning helped me with Mental Illness.

I know. It sounds ironic. But it really did boost my confidence.

I kept dropping out of college (three times already) due to manic-depression. Learning tools like Duolingo allow me to strive and to get back up again, slowly recovering until I'll be ready to face my social anxiety issues. . I keep coming back to learning because it's one of the few things that boosts my self-esteem and it also leads me closer to satisfaction in the midst of chaos. . Language is chaos, a beautiful one at that.

October 4, 2018

22 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/AlexandraP108091

That's wonderful!

I've found Duolingo helps tremendously with my anxiety. When my mind is focused on stuff I really don't need to be worrying about, and I get all fidgety and can't really concentrate and therefore go to my phone to do unhelpful things like browse Facebook, I find Duolingo is a great replacement. It re-routes my mental energy, but it doesn't require super intense concentration. Nor is it intimidating, since I don't have to commit to doing it for long (even though I usually end up using it for a while). It keeps my hands from getting fidgety and it keeps me from losing myself in useless phone activity. And at the end of the day, instead of feeling useless like I haven't achieved anything, I actually have solid evidence that I did in fact move forward in at least one area. This is also one reason I do care about my streak. I can look at that number and think, "Wow, I'm really sticking with this!"

It also gives me something happy to fantasize about. "I'm learning so much... someday I can go travel in Argentina (or wherever) and I won't even need a phrasebook... that's going to be so fun... I should visit Ushuaia... and [insert lots of other cool places here]."

Sorry to get talking about myself, but it excited me to see that someone else is benefitting from Duolingo on a meaningful emotional level. Anyway, I'm very happy for you.

October 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Riya2020

You know what, that's really inspirational and amazing how you found resources to help you get back on track. Original, but you've found what works for you and I genuinely wish you all the best. I hope you manage to reach a stage when you feel truly happy. Keep learning, and all the best!

October 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/mermaidmuse

Thank you for sharing! I deal with depression and anxiety and I also feel like Duolingo helps - by being a distraction from some things and giving me a feeling of accomplishment. Keep on keepin’ on, fellow mental health warrior! <3

October 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/webgenie

Art and musical instruments are equally beneficial I think.

October 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Koezumi

Continue like this, I hope you will recover from your mental illness. That's a good point you've found something that make you happier !

October 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JHalladay53

I am being truly inspired by all of these messages. In fact, they are making me sad and happy at the same time, with happy outscoring the sad. I'm using it to help transition to my "retirement phase" because it keeps me pointed outward and not dwelling on the inward fears and insecurities of life beyond in a chaotic world filled with rampant social change where the elderly, children, members of vulnerable populations are tucked away out of sight and mind. I want a strong enough mind that I can continue contributing throughout the rest of my life, even if it is extremely long like the lives of some of my family members who are in their 10th decade. I have dealt with depression of and on throughout my life saw my Dad slip into a very low state after his retirement Retirement is a huge stressor, and stressors need to be managed...

October 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Robyn162970

I am retired too. I have always wanted to learn another language and now I have the time to do it. It's keeping me busy, interested, and my mind active.

October 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas.Heiss

Hi,

do you do any water sports? (e.g Swimming, Kitesurfing, Windsurfing, Wakeboarding, sailing,etc.).

Especially endurance sports (e.g rowing, jogging,...) may help you further.

There are often some local clubs (e.g Windsurfing) which you can join.

At most of the stations you meet the same people anyways on a regular basis, so this might actually help you further if it takes longer for you to connect to foreign people.


How is your night?

If you want to use use flashcards apps (Memrise, AnkiSRS, SuperMemo, Clozemaster,...) and learning portals (Duolingo, Mondly, Lingvist,...) in the evening, at night or the early morning, first you should do something good for you and reduce the blue light:

Use the f.lux software https://justgetflux.com/faq.html and also make use of the dimmer functions (ALT+PG-DN, ALT+PG-UP).

Here you can find some Duolingo discussions about dark/night mode, eye strain, f-lux, etc.: https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Aduolingo.com+f-lux&oq=site%3Aduolingo.com+f-lux

You just would have to replace or adjust the search keywords to your likings.

October 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas.Heiss

Interestingly quite often there are also wake cable parks in 100-150km nearer distance to do watersports which will be (much) cheaper for a 2-4h or daily ticket than a wake boat 15 min. set.

October 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/wolfpuppy1

We had a boat for awhile, but sold it. I think it was damaging my mental health! lol

October 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JHalladay53

Good luck! Many times it's about recognizing an issue and finding ways to compensate. Good for you, finding a tool that helps and also, finding a way to keep moving forward into new territory. Never quit stretching your brain!!

October 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Gez70

Congratulations. I started learning with Duolingo because both my grandmother and mother ended up with Alzheimer's and I try to do the lessons every day to keep my mind active. At the moment it is a losing battle but I believe that I would be worse off mentally without Duolingo

October 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ExSquaredOver2

How lovely to hear.

October 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ELIZABETH.L02

Honestly, I can relate I have extreme Social anxiety, not even my medications help. By using duolingo it really helps boost my confidence in my Spanish speaking. Because I never feel confident enough to do presentations in Spanish in school.

October 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Wazeje

Good for you.

October 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LeocadiaRoles

That's great!!!! I hope Duolingo continues to help! :)

October 5, 2018

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    !Excelente! Seguir mirando hacia arriba!

    October 5, 2018

    [deactivated user]

      Amazing!

      October 6, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/SarahHulet1

      Glad you are doing better!

      October 8, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/kmpres
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      Well done!

      October 10, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/AkeS11

      to handle something mal-mental you need two terminals. The charge needs someplace to go! Take word and mock-up a sit and place that imagery 360 degrees spherical around you (you + image=2) until the mental charge is gone! EFT is excellent also.

      October 5, 2018
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