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Preparing to Stay Well. Tuesday April 25, 2017

Five months, that was the length of my last very low period. It came in gradually... there some days, gone the next. I don't fit within any NHS guidelines to qualify for help or support and I'm wary of antidepressants after my last three prescriptions left me suffering so many side affects that I didn't know how to deal with anything. I know that I need to do what I can to help myself and continue to be there for my young family.

Coming out of a bad patch gives a new clarity to things, like the way new colours in Spring can look twice as bright as the flowers do in Summer. I feel more sociable again, easy does it with the social calendar though, I've learnt not to run head first into a hedonistic booking of coffees and evenings out, just go steady, I might feel better but I'm still in a recovery and there could still be a bad day or two.

So this time, whilst I'm in the throes of peace time within myself, I'm going to shore up my defenses. That might sound like I'm being overly pessimistic expecting the worst to happen but I'm really not. It's a positive thing, I'm preparing to help myself be well.

I'm looking at recipes from The Happy Kitchen #goodmoodfood and trying them out whilst I have the clarity and appetite to do so, I've tried a few that are already becoming staples for me and will be easy to make however I am feeling... sweet potato and chickpea curry!

I'm trying to do some different forms of exercise whilst I can motivate myself. I went to a Clubbercise class on Saturday, neon face paints and glow sticks were obligatory and it's in the dark so less awkwardness! I went on a 'Mental Health Mates' walk and was immeasurably lifted by meeting with other people with the same issues as well as getting some fresh air in a new setting, these take place monthly in different towns and cities across the country.

I've joined a local WI, I've always wanted to, but lately my self confidence had been so low that I wasn't up to any kind of new group thing. I know that I get a buzz from learning new things and being creative so I'm hoping that if I hit another low patch I'll still be able to get myself to a meeting and feel some benefit.

Two months ago I'd have found one of the above enough to cope with and I know I can be guilty of overdoing things when I get a window of mental clarity. Like many other people, if I'm not going to qualify for help with my mental health problems then I'm going to have to cast my net as far and wide as possible whilst I'm able and stockpile all the resources that I can ready for when the next storm hits.

Lizzie
A Moodscope member.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.


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Comments

Leah Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 8:28am

Lizzie
What a great blog.
You have listed many ideas for the get well tool box. Let us know how the plans work for you. I admire your resilience.

Wyvern Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 10:35am

Great ideas Lizzie, thank you so much. I for one hadn't come across Mental Health Mates before! It sounds great.

Mary Wednesday Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 11:30am

Great Blog Lizzie. BTW - if you find yourself short of comments today and are feeling a bit unloved as a result (I know I do) then this is because there are two blogs today and yours is the second one! Our admin team is totally wonderful, but sometimes things slip through the fine mesh net!

Vickie Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 12:14pm

Hi Lizzie,
Your blog is reassuring to me. I have the same approach. I go to my tool box during the "light days" and this helps me get through the "dark days". Always good to feel that we are not alone.

Laura Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 1:47pm

Very helpful Lizzie, I'll look up Mental Health Mates.

Rosemary Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 4:10pm

Thanks for your blog Lizzie, it resonates deeply with me.
Before, when I could feel my mood lifting, I would run head long (metaphorically) screaming and shouting into EVERYTHING I possibly could. Then after a while I'd plummet again. I can now see that the almost desperate 'high' was simply draining my resources and leaving my tank empty. So now I take it easy, I'm thankful for the good days but I'm now kinder to myself as I approach them. I take time to stop and just be, I don't agree to be everywhere all at the same time and I am mindful to have some quiet time. I find this all helps to stay well for much longer. Big hugs x

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