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What do I do if I just feel numb?

17 Answers
Last Updated: 06/01/2020 at 10:45pm
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September 18th, 2014 6:27pm
I've found that sometimes when I'm in a numb state I need to go to a quiet place and sort of meditate on my internal state to see if I'm covering up some feelings. I try to ground myself, plant my feet firmly on the floor and I usually find I have some anxiety or something bothering me I'm trying to hold back. On the alternative side, this can actually push me further into a negative state so I force myself to reach out to people, friends and family to distract myself. Sometimes, I just need to change environments to get myself out of my head and reorient myself. For example, I go for a walk or get in the car and drive, or if a friend is available, I hang out with that person for a while. Other distractions that work for me are browsing the internet, looking at funny memes, doing an activity I enjoy or watching a movie. Playing with my pets. Something that can take my mind off whatever is bothering me or whatever I'm lacking in feeling to produce a positive feeling in it's place.
January 5th, 2015 5:15pm
What helps me when i feel sad is just Pick up a small, light notebook to keep with you on a regular basis. It helps to get something you can throw in your bag or back pocket and carry with you throughout the day. In this notebook create a list or chart. When you notice that you have a feeling or sensation in your body, write it down. I feel relaxed when i write everything and then burn it.
September 26th, 2014 12:51pm
Distrations always work for me. Do something with your hands, read a good book, a good movie, call a friend, take a bath, something that you know will keep your mind busy.
October 23rd, 2014 7:52pm
Do something that you've never done before. Such as talk to a stranger, wear something you've never thought of wearing, eat something you've never eaten and write about it or do something that you always resisted doing :)
October 29th, 2014 3:05pm
Let the feeling pass. Occasionally, we all feel that way . I for instance, sometimes feel like I'm floating away like a balloon. The thing is that you shouldn't fight the feeling. Accept it and only then you can overcome it. Wish you hope and strength.
October 29th, 2014 7:17pm
Sometimes we go through so much of pain and stress that you feel such a way. But you have to be strong and be positive about things. Don't lose Hope. Never.
October 21st, 2014 3:25am
Try to do something just to get your blood flowing and your mind engaged. If you feel numb to the world or to emotion or pain, just try something, even if it will hurt. Try to open up to someone, try a new hobby, try to forgive yourself or the others involved.
October 26th, 2014 6:15pm
I take deep breaths and try to focus. I know crying won't really help at this point so I try my best to distract my mind with things I love.
November 2nd, 2014 5:13pm
If you just feel numb, you should obviously try to feel something. Try to do something that would make you feel happy about yourself!
November 8th, 2014 4:31pm
Regularly feeling "numb" is a sign of possible depression. Please consider consulting a licensed therapist to work through those feelings. In the meantime, are there times when you don't feel numb? If so, take a close look at those times and see if you can perhaps get some insight as to why those times are better for you.
December 25th, 2014 3:29am
Physical sensations can help sometimes - washing your face, a shower, running your fingers gently over [safe] surfaces. Grounding Techniques [ ] can help as can Mindfulness exercises. Distractions may/may not work - but there are many GIGANTIC lists online of Distractions to choose from, you might select all the ones you might like, and then try a 2-3 to start with and work from there to narrow in on the type of things that work and the type that don't help.
April 11th, 2015 5:33pm
You are the expert on you, so why don't you go to the doctors at the next possible time as they are the experts.
April 16th, 2015 4:40pm
Often the biggest reason for why we feel numb is when we have lost hope. Whether it is due a traumatic experience (which can range from a breakup to betrayal from friends to a death in the family) or the realization that life is pointless. But the truth is, we can always find that hope by finding a purpose in life. You want to feel alive? Just go outside and help someone (a stranger, anybody), comfort someone, do something nice for someone and you will realize that life isn't at all meaningless. In words of John Green- "We shall never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken."
- Expert in Managing Emotions
May 31st, 2016 6:42am
You might be suppressing your emotions. Good to deal with your emotions then to suppress them. If you keep on suppressing them they might explode and that can lead to worst things.
July 4th, 2016 5:44pm
Just breathe. Long deep breaths. You can get through this. You should talk to your friends and family for support.
November 20th, 2017 7:03am
Thats really hard. I wonder what would make you feel alive? What would make the doorway feel different to feel the doorway and not just pass through it?
June 1st, 2020 10:45pm
Somewhere, for couple of minutes, just stay still while laying on your back. Disconnect from everything. Close your phone and laptop and just stay there. It should be somewhere with a white or plain ceiling. You could also play a low relaxing song in the background. The feeling numb might subside for several minutes. The mind will find its way to come back and fight throw this feeling. Staring into a blank not only helps you fight anxiety, but also allows your thinking to become more broadly. It that instance of not seeing anything in front of you might help find the answer you are looking for.