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METULHEDS LIKE YOU

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COPING STRATEGIES & BEST PRACTICES FROM AMAZING PEOPLE LIKE YOU

(AS TOLD TO METULHED BY THE METULHEDS THEMSELVES)

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Jaret Reddick

If you had asked me 10 years ago about anxiety or depression, I would not have had a clue how to even answer you.

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Naoto Shibata

This is something that gives me the motivation to progress into the future...

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Alicia Divens

The biggest piece of advice I can give anyone who is dealing with a difficult time is to learn to LET GO.

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James Lomenzo

The key coping strategies that I try to employ everyday are kindness and forgiveness_for yourself as well as others.

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Sean Tibbetts

It was the best thing I did for myself and my family.

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Sam Bettley

When things get a little overwhelming for me I like to slow everything down. First thing I do is get off social media.

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Tricie Soulos

I stay in motion physically, mentally, and creatively.

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Michael Wolpers

I learned that the best way for me is to accept the struggle. I'm not gonna fight or deny it.

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Heri Joensen

When I was young Heavy Metal lifted my spirts. Since then, making more Metal has been my life's work.

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Tilen Hudrap

People always see the big crowds, festivals, arenas and stage lights and think our life (the life of global musicians) is perfect. Far from it.

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Oliver Palotai

Also, I often had periods where I felt a certain melancholy. A lot of darkness, an inner weight pressing down on me.

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Mirkko De Maio

Everyone has their dark time, everyone fights his/her own battle.

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Vikram Shankar

When I was younger, coping took all manners of forms, and very few of them were effective.

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Glenn Harveston

Dealing with depression is one of the hardest things you will face. My strategy is to keep it simple at first.

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Louis St. August

What works for me would be a long outdoor peaceful walk while breathing in some cool fresh air...

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Elina Siirala

From experience I would say, that I have a couple of really good childhood friends who are always there for me....

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John Gallagher

Move on & don’t beat yourself up because shit happens... just the way it is! 

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Anders Johansson

"When the going gets though... the tough get going! "Sounds like buzzword or a set phrase but I really try to live by it.

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Todd Michael Hall

For me it's fairly simple in the sense that I believe strongly you need to focus on (count) your blessings.

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Anders Engberg

Never give up how dark it seems. There is always light at the end of the tunnel.

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Tom S. Englund

I walk. In nature or by the ocean where I live.

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Christina Chriss

I take a step back and remember that everything happens for a reason.

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Ralf Scheepers

I try to adapt to the situation and build a positive thinking strategy.

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Arjen Lucassen

Not even music could save me, I was empty and without inspiration.

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Christian Lawrence

As we get older being more flexible is so important to stay limber, healthy and strong.

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​Leah Burlington

So in my younger years I found music as a way out and my way to cope. Heavy Metal became a way of life.

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Sarah Teets

My biggest method has been spending as much time as I can in Nature.

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Rasmus Bom Andersen

For me music is my therapy. When I get sucked into that dark place...

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Dirk Kennedy

How Blessed I am and how lucky I am for the many gifts in my life.

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Jay Jay French

There are many strategies. First off, therapy can work...

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Monty Colvin

"God is clearing a path for you. Stay on the path." I will never forget those words.

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Dot Stein

I drink a lot of water, eat fruit and veggies and either jog, swim or go for a very brisk walk to break a sweat.

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Jonas Heidgert

...which always lifted some of the negativity from my shoulders.

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Diego Valadez

Is there something deeper that might be making me feel the way that I’m feeling?

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Jacob Hansen

In my early teens I felt like an outcast and there was no one telling me otherwise.

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Steve Blaze

Whenever I am going through a very difficult time the first thing I do is stop and take a deep breath.

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Gina Glockler

I think one that has always been a go to is getting into my car for a long drive at night...

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Jack Starr

I would like to say how important it is that mental health be taken seriously.

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Bart Gabriel

There are few mechanisms and ways that help me in those hardest moments...

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Nigel Glockler

I also find going for a walk on the seafront really helps - taking the dog out kind of forces me to do that! 

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Dalila Kriheli

I was turned onto jumping rope and proper nutrition from a dear friend that I met on the road...

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Darrell Millar

There is a old saying. It’s darkest before the dawn. A very accurate statement of how life rolls.

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Terry Ilous

When things get absolute dark and they sometimes do, I change my everyday routine.

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Jens Anderson

I try to stay in shape physically by training, and mentally by writing and playing music.

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Marta Gabriel

...but I learned how to minimize its affect on my body and my mental health.

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John Bruno

I really just try to occupy my thoughts with the most positive things in my life.

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Timo Tolkki

I guess it really comes down to that you just have to keep going no matter what.

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Johnny Gioeli

When life becomes a challenge or hard, I look to gratitude as my cure.

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Jenna Syde

When things suck, I work out. I may not be able to control the world around me but I can control the world within me.

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Nick Holleman

Coping with problems and staying mentally healthy can be a very difficult thing. To tell the mind to stop worrying is incredibly hard.

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Ashley Worhol

"I just want to feel normal" are the words I use to tell myself and my family when I would have an anxiety attack.

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Kelly Sundown Carpenter

When this pandemic hit us, the inability to play live music, travel or even see friends took me to a very dark and empty place.

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Tony Harnell

I think the most important one may be talking to a friend.

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Johan Koleberg

When I get to play drums. Live, rehearsal, alone, studio etc. The music never disappoints me!

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Tre Watson

Taking the time to notice when I am feeling my most anxious and slowing myself down have been the tools in my belt...

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Rowan Robertson

Getting some exercise lifts my spirits...

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Jason Ringenberg

My coping mechanism when things get dark, and all humans have hard times, is to do something simple and physical.

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Alessandro Del Vecchio

Living in this modern world should be easy but it is not. The more we have, the more anxious we become.

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David DiPietro

Sometimes being "in control" can be an illusion that promises freedom but actually keeps us from moving forward in life.

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Harry Conklin

You cannot deal with your own internal pressures by yourself.

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For me art is my escapism rather than substances of any kind.

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Simone Mularoni

It was hard to convince myself that I needed help, but I finally decided to get help from a therapist...

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Jason Bittner

Yoga, meditation...

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Patrice Guers

You just have to be patient and let the time pass.

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Tony Martin

But also things like humour... nothing like a good laugh to get you out of the shadows... humour can give breathing space...

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Ronny Munroe

Therapy can be a good thing, and can help you cope with anxiety and depression.

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Elli Berlin

When I'm feeling bad, I listen to or play music...

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Jason McMaster

I cope with stress, normal daily occurrence... by realizing, and reminding myself, stress is fake, it does not exist...

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Patrick Badger

Throughout the pandemic I made a solo record...

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Blaze Bayley

The darkness follows me and when my guard is down it will try to overwhelm me.

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Janice Sweet

Talk to God about it. Then talk to a friend about it and ask them to pray.

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Snowy Shaw

There's nothing as rewarding as petting dogs. Best psychiatrists ever.

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Nina Osegueda

I try and spend some time away from the computer.

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Rick Bouwman

Didn't know anything about the business and 40 years further things still surprise me. 

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Rob De Luca

My "go to" method has always been work.

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John Waite

I’m lucky that I can stand back, breath and be objective.

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Jonah Weingarten

I deal with stress by making sure to be around or immersed in nature.

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Shawn Duncan

"Everything is temporary ". I say this to myself when I am going through a rough patch and it helps me with perspective.

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Warner E. Hodges

Just move forward everyday...

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Michele Guaitoli

Being active to me is THE answer to the moments in which darkness attacks us!

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Eric Levy

When I started learning about mantras, I thought it might be cool to have one for when I’m feeling anxiety.

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Steve Brown

It’s not a quick fix, but works every time if I’m willing to wait for it!

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Adam Denlinger

We can’t control life, but we can control our choices.

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Steve "Doc" Wacholz

I have ALWAYS surrounded myself with positive like-minded people.

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Neil Carter

I try always to stay positive but, particularly in the last two years that’s been hard at times.

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