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Strategies. Monday September 8, 2014

I have been having regular counselling sessions for the past five months whilst I have been going through a separation from my husband after an 18 year relationship. My weekly counselling sessions normally see me leave with something to do at home. Whether it's a task, something to read or listen to. I have tried most things that I have been given and some have worked for me more than others. I know the ones that have worked because they are the ones that I am drawn back to time and again. My two favourites that keep me going are:

Journal keeping: I started to keep a journal a couple of months ago and find this useful for a number of reasons. It's an outlet where I can write down my thoughts and this seems to stop them going round and round in my head. I can look back over what I have written and this helps me to track my moods, recognise progress and patterns. Writing is also something I personally enjoy and I am finding that it has ignited a renewed enthusiasm for a passion, which in turn is helping me to feel happier about myself as I am experiencing excitement, for the first time in a long time.

Affirmations: I have developed a love of collecting positive affirmations that help keep me focused on my goals, keep me feeling positive, help to give me strength and hope. I enjoy searching for inspirational quotes that I can call upon when I am feeling low or anxious or questioning myself. They also provide clues as to where I am in my journey which is a good way for me to assess where I am at, how I am feeling etc. My current favourite is "you are confined only by the walls you build yourself". This reminds me that I am in control.

What strategies are work for you?

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Toasted Tea Cake Mon, Sep 8th 2014 @ 7:31am

I could have written that as I do the same and went through the same ( though with a wife). I like this quote just now: A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man ( or woman) perfected without trials.


Lex McKee Mon, Sep 8th 2014 @ 7:50am

I love that H x

Lex McKee Mon, Sep 8th 2014 @ 7:54am

Wonderful post, Rosie.
I don't know if I'm barking up the wrong tree or not but I had a sense this morning that the kinaesthetic/physical and visual senses of drawing a journal can create a connection that goes beyond language. I am a lover of linguistics so I'm not suggesting any of us stop writing our journals... but I'm curious to see what we can add by doing an image-based journal too.

Secondly, I composed an A to Z of Affirmations last week that I'd love to share with anyone who is even remotely interested! It's slightly spiritual so may not be suitable as a general blogpost but I'll send it to Caroline (support@moodscope) and you're welcome to use it as a catalyst to create your own.

Have a love-filled day x

Anonymous Mon, Sep 8th 2014 @ 8:51am

Hi Rose - thank-you for sharing; your explanations of why writing in a journal helps are so true! I wrote in a journal when going through a tough time (partly bereavement-based, partly being bullied at work) and found it hugely helpful as a way of stopping the endless internal monologue that was paralysing me. It also helped to see the progress and to spot the patterns. Thank-you for this reminder. One of my favourite affirmations is "There is plenty of time, space and energy to do everything I want". I wish you strength and courage for your ongoing journey. Frankie

Anonymous Mon, Sep 8th 2014 @ 8:54am

What a wonderful idea Lex, an A-Z of affirmations; yes please I'm interested (especially in Q and Z!). I always appreciate your posts. Frankie

Anonymous Mon, Sep 8th 2014 @ 8:54am

'A gem cannot be polished without friction'...adopted! Thank you H. Rosie, it's great to hear you are making progress, it's just the encouragement we all need. Your separation after a long time resonates with me too. Wishing the best for you. Morning all, may your days be peaceful. Love from the room above the garage.

Anonymous Mon, Sep 8th 2014 @ 2:37pm

Two days running a comment - I have kept a personal dairy for over 30 years - now my husband is poorly sighted we can re-live our lives by my reading as photos are no longer practical. I have kept press cuttings from round the world at the same time - most illuminating - a bit saddening, nobody learns from history!

Anonymous Mon, Sep 8th 2014 @ 3:47pm

I also would like to review them.....I rely upon a higher power so very choice......address

Anonymous Mon, Sep 8th 2014 @ 3:50pm

Between journaling and moodscape, it helps me track progression or set backs.....I also try to totally surrender to the Higher Power....but it so difficult to with all recoveries...easy to say and difficult to do...but we push forward as best as we are able..God Bless to One and All..Dave

Anonymous Mon, Sep 8th 2014 @ 4:19pm

Thanks Rosie. I have really been enjoying collecting positive affirmations and quotes on Pinterest. I like the combination of the words and the artistic visual images.

Caroline Ashcroft Mon, Sep 8th 2014 @ 4:25pm

Hi there, thanks for the offer Lex, very kind. Please can anyone that is interested email and not leave your email addresses on the blog. Many thanks.

Helen Akinc Mon, Sep 8th 2014 @ 4:30pm

Journaling helps me as well. Something else I do that has been extremely helpful in changing my perspective in a positive way is to commit to finding ten things at the end of every day for which I am thankful. It can be as little as seeing a flower or much more significant. By making that promise to do that, it helps me to see everything differently. Three years ago I went into the hospital for a cardiac ablation to correct my arrhythmias and the doctor accidentally punctured my heart. I died twice, two cardiac arrests, CPR, emergency open heart surgery and was totally overwhelmed and frightened and in severe pain when I came to. I forced myself to do the gratitude exercise and it really helped me through the crisis. It forces you to look at what is good and not obsess about things that aren't.

Di Murphey Mon, Sep 8th 2014 @ 11:36pm

Dearest Lex ~
I'd not ever thought to sketch in my journaling (years of it!). It was with glee that I read your idea and that you offered to share your list of affirmations recently compiled. I wrote to Caroline requesting them ~ they are humorous and push my brain to think 'flingingly' ~ meaning, I had to stop laughing and really think about them.
Many thanks to you and to Rosie for providing the impetus.
Warmest regards,

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