What “therapy” suits you?

3 Jul 2020
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There are so many different types of therapy that have been used over the years with talking therapy, water therapy. colour therapy. aromatherapy, cognitive therapy behaviour therapy, sound therapy and art therapy

There will probably a lot more 5that I have forgotten to mention.

I remember when retail therapy with a big joke that made fun of usually women who loved to shop.

They would say let us go retail therapy go to an expensive shop buy lots of things and of course all one’s cares would be washed away.

This year I have found that retail therapy means that that to me buying things from op shop, so it does not cost me much.

It really does help me maybe me through a little time.

It is hard to explain when I come back from volunteering in the 4 hours with my backpack and the three bags full of books and soft toys.

I am not trying to replace what I lost but I take pleasure in secondhand items.

My partner isn't very impressed but honestly I know one day soon I'm going to have to really cut down as we won't have enough room in the house and in the meantime if it helps me it can’t be that bad.

I like to hear from anyone reading this to tell me about something that helps It may be a therapy mentioned or something unusual or really anything that you do that helps you through a hard time.

I would love you to share and tell me how it helps you.

For this blog therapy is loosely defined as anything that helps you. It does not have to have any psychological basis. I keep thinking of more pet therapy, garden therapy, dancing therapy.

I would like to know how you are helped and why you think it works.

Leah

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Sally

July 4, 2020, 1:15 a.m.

Hi Leah, thank you for bringing this subject up in this blog. I can identify 3 forms of therapy at the moment, actually I’ve just thought of another one , so that’s 4.. and their, pet therapy. I get a lot of pleasure from cats and dogs, and can’t resist befriending dogs when we’re out on a walk. My OH gets really mad about me talking to dogs and their owners! I had dogs as pet growing up, 4 in total. He did not. In fact his mother was scared of cats as I remember.. Next I seem to use talking to people, anybody I encounter, as therapy. I am always interested in making a connection,.

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Leah

July 4, 2020, 4:52 a.m.

Sally thanks for your post. I like the way you have a diverse range of therapy. Animals can bring out a softer calmer side and cone ring to people helps too.

Sally

July 4, 2020, 1:38 a.m.

Oh dear, it (or I ? ) sent before ready. Carrying on then: Third form of therapy : shopping. Local shopping. I’ll happily stock up on anything to do with crafts, unusual gifts for others, to be stored for their birthdays and a Christmases. And I love exchanging banter with the shopkeepers, who have. become friends. Finally, therapy in the form of my art : painting in acrylics and/ or watercolour. Something to get up for at moments when other activities...for instance during Covid-19 lockdown... are closed to me. And I’ve even been pleased with 2-3 of my paintings, because I think , stripped of accumulating petty stressed. , we’d just have a routine day, but reinforcing skills , at a speeds more suited to my personality and working ideal. Without outside distractions, because I tend to be a butterfly, hopping from one thing to do rvgr

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Leah

July 4, 2020, 4:56 a.m.

Yes shopping is the whole process S you say and the end product, I like browsing too. Art therapy You probably are skilled as well. I am thinking I may start collage but for me therapy is acquiring the items and looking at them . If I make a collage I will tell you.

Molly

July 4, 2020, 1:45 a.m.

Hi Leah I’m glad you have found something that helps you a little. Anything that gets you by has got to be a good thing. It’s not like you are spending loads of money! I’ve never been one to shop really, but enjoyed it occasionally. Now I just shop on line and buy essentials. I love cards so I will buy enough for a couple of months if I get the urge to shop and I like browsing and choosing an appropriate card and slotting them in my card book! I like any kind of stationery. My dogs were the other therapy for me, I just loved them so much. But Leah, you must do whatever gives you comfort and not feel bad about it. Thank you for your blog. Love Molly xx

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Leah

July 4, 2020, 5 a.m.

Molly, I used to collecting stationery whenI younger. I wanted to write letters this year and found it hard to find stationery. Your dogs were so loved by you. Thanks for your kind words, xx

Oli

July 4, 2020, 8:27 a.m.

What is it with stationary? I love it too. xx

Valerie

July 4, 2020, 9:11 a.m.

I used to love the old-fashioned private stationery shops.My son and his late father had a thing about nice pens.x

The Gardener

July 4, 2020, 10:02 a.m.

Molly, I do not remember anybody asking you, why don't you get another dog? Believe there are many looking for homes, Valerie very involved I think. x

Molly

July 4, 2020, 1:41 p.m.

Thank you Leah xx Oli, I was just thinking that, why I get excited about a piece of paper lol xx Val, we still have one of those here, with all the wooden cubby holes and cabinets xx

Molly

July 4, 2020, 2:01 p.m.

Hi Gardener, Val was brilliant as I had a near on breakdown over the circumstances of one of them last year. The other died to which I coped with much better, It was his time, he was old and suffering and we had already ‘lost him’ so it softened the blow. I know you’re not a dog lover but I was so very close to these two. I have thought about getting my own dog so many times and it would be a rescue dog, no doubt about it. My reasons for not doing so are probably too complicated to explain. Thanks for your comment xx

Leah

July 4, 2020, 8:32 p.m.

Molly I found your post so moving. The love you have for your dogs Is so strong .

Leah

July 4, 2020, 8:35 p.m.

Oli not sure if it is a girl thing My love fir stationery stored on a trip to uk in my late teens, it was so beautiful and different from items here. I love Kate Greenaway cards and the lovely wrapping paper I used as posters and anything by Michael.

Leah

July 4, 2020, 8:36 p.m.

Val the shops in Uk are amazing. My luggage was full of i items on last visit

Molly

July 4, 2020, 9:10 p.m.

Sure is Leah. My treasures and I could cry in an instant if I think about them but hey ho. It’s interesting what you say about the shops in the UK being better xx

Leah

July 5, 2020, 2:22 a.m.

Molly I meant the stationery shops . There seems to be more and much better range in uk, maybe grass is greener

Jul

July 5, 2020, 6:26 a.m.

I love stationery too. Papyrus in the States is my favourite. Jul xx

Sally

July 4, 2020, 2:27 a.m.

...another, I can really concentrate and think better.

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Leah

July 4, 2020, 5:04 a.m.

I can relate to going from. thing to another

Amy

July 4, 2020, 4:54 a.m.

I’m a talker so I love talking therapy. A place I get to say whatever I want with no judgement. It’s gold. Just yesterday it helped me avoid a massive blowout at home and helped me say things I can’t say at home. I shouted, I swore and indulged in my anger. Then we looked at it. Then last night I was able to talk at home about my feelings instead of flipping my lid and getting nowhere.

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Leah

July 4, 2020, 5:01 a.m.

Amy thanks you described talking therapy in a way I hadn’t thought of. I either write things diwn or bottle them up . Thanks fir your comment.

The Gardener

July 4, 2020, 10:04 a.m.

Amy, me too. Opened my shop this a.m, not much hope. Then a French couple, just moved into town, wanting historical info - they both talked full speed, both at once, I'm exhausted. Both divorced, if they talked to former spouses like that not surprised! Nice though.

Hopeful One

July 4, 2020, 5:14 a.m.

Hi Leah - your blog defines “therapy “ in broad terms but , although not mentioned , you make an important point. When it comes to “therapy” there is no one size fits all. It’s something one has to bear in mind when counselling. I have had clients who quit after a couple of sessions. I used to berate myself and discuss with my supervisors where I went wrong or how I could improve until I realised that my style or approach or the therapy I was offering was not the therapy the client wanted. So what therapy helps me most , among others , yes you guessed it .... a good laugh. Two women are on a transcontinental balloon voyage. Their hot air ballon is engulfed in fog, their compass gone awry. Afraid of landing in the ocean, they stay adrift for days. Suddenly, the clouds part to show a beautiful meadow below. As they begin to descend, they see a man walking his dog. One of the flyers yells to the figure far below, "Where are we?" The man yells back, "About a half mile from town." Once again, the balloonists are engulfed in the mist. One flyer says to the other, "He must work for Microsoft Help ." The other says, " How do you know that?" The first says, "It's simple, the information he gave us was accurate, concise, and entirely irrelevant."

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Leah

July 4, 2020, 7:55 a.m.

Hopeful one as they say laughter is the best medicine, I agree one size dies not fit all, Thanks for your joke today.

Oli

July 4, 2020, 8:36 a.m.

HO, this is a good point. Different therapies for different stages of the journey. It took me ages to realise it too. Funnily enough I remember a supervisor telling me I should have been doing some work with a particular client and I had realised the client simply was not ready to engage with that work at that time, (and *why*), regardless of what the protocol or the supervisor suggested. I guess it's the truth in the old saying, "when the student is ready, then the master will appear." You just can't see what may have been under your nose till you're ready. Thanks :-)

Leah

July 4, 2020, 8:44 p.m.

Oli what if the student , me, is never ready fir formal therapy.

Oli

July 5, 2020, 6:25 a.m.

Leah I don't believe formal therapy is necessary for the majority of people. Just as well because there's a massive shortfall of therapists for people! The prerequisite is a belief that one can change. Is change possible? If we don't feel we can change then we probably won't. And that could be you. Although at that point you start asking yourself why wouldn't change be possible for you when it's clearly possible for other people? What's the difference? And I think this is where an introspective nature helps a lot. And that's where you get curious about what you might like to be different.

Jul

July 5, 2020, 6:27 a.m.

Interesting reply Oli. Very relevant for me. Jul xx

Dido

July 4, 2020, 6:12 a.m.

Hi Leah, Good blog! My main therapy is in art. I work with a lovely young woman and find the feedback she gives me about what she sees whilst I work very helpful. Her fine observation of subtle changes have really helped me access feelings that I can then work with. I was blocked from expressing my feelings as a child, not through cruelty but by circumstance and ignorance, which stopped labeling at an early stage of development. At the end of a session of messing about with sand. or paint or pastels I often feel very different. At the moment my sessions are weekly on line but I shall be glad to get back in the art room. xx Dido

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Leah

July 4, 2020, 7:56 a.m.

Thanks Dido for explaining how your art therapy works , I know it helps lots of people.

Oli

July 4, 2020, 8:23 a.m.

The goal of therapy has changed for me over the years. If you imagine a line, one end negative; the other, positive. I felt stuck down the negative end and the things I did to make me “feel better” didn’t actually take me to the positive side. Rather, they reduced the unpleasant feelings. For example, I would drink. Drinking reduced the unpleasant feelings. As it happens I would do retail therapy too, I’d buy books. Buying books reduced my feelings of intellectual inadequacy. There’s nothing wrong with drinking or buying books unless there’s something of a compulsion trapped in with the behaviour. When you are compelled to do something you don’t have choices. When you don’t have choices you are stuck. So, first goal of therapy was to get off the negative end of the line and make it to ground zero. To get there, for me, was all about getting rid of the beliefs that held me back. (Still far from complete.) But what I found in that space was/ is a big emptiness. Second goal of therapy is to move my life to the positive side. Sorry if I got a little heavy Leah! Your blog connected to all those thoughts. To finish on a lighter note, I find learning skills very therapeutic I guess. Dancing, juggling, playing guitar, singing. All of these things, and more, are ongoing — the skill can always be improved. There’s something really nice and calming about learning these things.

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Leah

July 4, 2020, 8:42 a.m.

Oli I find your posts make me think and wan5 to explore your ideas. I think learning new skills or trying new things can help. Can you juggle while playing the guitar and singing. ..? On a lighter note .

Molly

July 4, 2020, 2:09 p.m.

lol Leah, I was about to say that, wondering if Oli did it all at the same time, ha ha, don’t forget he’s having a little dance too. Lol xx (sorry Oli) :-)

Oli

July 4, 2020, 3:40 p.m.

About a year ago I made a little video for my part-time imaginary gf of me me juggling and dancing to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, "The Night". And it was kind of cool in a daft way. YouTube pulled it cos of the copyright in the music. The song is totally ace though so here's a share: https://youtu.be/XsSoDsxB7Yo

Molly

July 4, 2020, 4:22 p.m.

Thanks Oli, I’ve just played it (much to husbands annoyance as football is on) lol xx

Leah

July 4, 2020, 8:41 p.m.

Oli I will look at it late when I have finished the replies. You are so talented.

Liz

July 4, 2020, 8:28 a.m.

Hi Leah. I definitely identify with your blog. I have had great joy in recently acquiring a bendy Pink Panther - a vintage one - which my husband got for me. It is similar-ish to one I had as a young girl - I am currently trying to track the photo down of me with my original one which had a long tail which you could bend and which was taller. I love getting things from childhood. My husband also acquired two tiny Smash aliens too which sit on the fireplace. Charity shops are a mecca for me and I always regale people with exactly how much my outfit costs. That's my kind of retail therapy. I'd say the three therapies that help me are nature therapy, pet therapy and creative therapy. With the latter, the most fun is being experimental and trying things and if one is in a creative buzz, even if it goes wrong it can be interesting. That letting go of perceived perfection is sublime as it is so freeing and you become like a child again. The pet therapy is mainly with my dog and he teaches me to be mindful. At the end of the day, there is no better thing than cuddling up to him or playing in the sand as we have done over the past few days. There is no judgement from him, unlike my school art teacher, who observed one figure I did as having "fingers like pork sausages". I'd never forgot that comment and that is why I am currently trying to work through my hesitancy about drawing figures - so I'm painting a mermaid - much more artistic licence. Thank you for your lovely blog which is definitely making me feel nostalgic about things. x

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Leah

July 4, 2020, 8:47 a.m.

Liz thanks for post. I like the3 therapies you use. No judgement is needed for art therapy.

The Gardener

July 4, 2020, 10:07 a.m.

Liz,France does not do charity shops, though loads of shops empty. Legal thing I think. We have Emmaus, and did have Secours Catholique (just clothes) finished due to lack of volunteers. Haunt them when in UK.

Leah

July 4, 2020, 10:30 a.m.

There is arNge of charity or op shops as we call them here Nd they all differ in price Nd the atmosphere.

Sue

July 4, 2020, 8:54 a.m.

Hi Leah, great qustion. Amongst other things, music helps me. I’m currently listening to the Puppini Sisters, lovely harmonies and upbeat on this grey morning. I love books and reading too. This lockdown I am at last making a dent in the bookcase of unread books, as the charity shops have been closed too. And Nature therapy, a lovely walk in the woods always helps. Lovely to read others response too.

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Leah

July 4, 2020, 9:17 a.m.

Thanks Sue. I like that music, reading and nature helps you.

Valerie

July 4, 2020, 9:21 a.m.

Hi Leah, My list would have to include being with dogs.Like Sally I love the conversations with others out walking,and shopkeepers. A good psychological thriller,Netflix,70% chocolate,14% wine,ordering stuff on Amazon,a new lipstick or perfume,laughter,gratitude,having my hair done (this Tuesday-Hurrah!) buying presents.Finding a bargain in a charity shop.Plus,of course,being on Moodscope. I love eating out too,I am sat here with Velcro rollers in,trying to remember how to put make-up on,before going out to lunch.***

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Leah

July 4, 2020, 10:28 a.m.

Valerie, Thanks for your post Dogs do help people and now they cN train as therapy dogs, I hope you had a ni e lunch. I have never worn make up,!,

Valerie

July 4, 2020, 2 p.m.

I sometimes wish I had never got hooked on make-up.Seeing my face without it always comes as a nasty shock!

Molly

July 4, 2020, 2:23 p.m.

I’m lucky enough not to need make up, well maybe I do, but it’s just not my thing. Only would wear it when I went out and then very little. Although it’s surprising what a bit of lipstick can do to brighten up your face. I wonder how your lunch went Val? Was it busy or deserted? Molly xx

Valerie

July 4, 2020, 3:22 p.m.

It was not as busy as this place usually is,but they were doing a steady trade.Mostly couples,rather than the big groups of women friends they often have at lunch time.They allow dogs,which is great,and one was serenading us as we ate! It was such a treat Molly,eating food I had not had to prepare,and I had a pint of Guinness with it (for health reasons) ***

Molly

July 4, 2020, 4:20 p.m.

Ah Val, my old dog used to sing. I’m so glad I have videos of him doing it. Treasured forever. I bet it was a treat going out, I was intrigued to see if people would flock there or avoid it. Sounds like from your experience it was somewhere in the middle. Guinness very good for you!!!! Couldn’t hold a pint in my small hand, but it’s reminded me, at the airport. Depending on time of flight, I would have a cooked breakfast and half a Guinness, it became a bit of a ritual :-) ***

Leah

July 4, 2020, 8:29 p.m.

Sounds like a lovely lunch with digs. Thanks fir telling us Valerie.

Leah

July 4, 2020, 8:42 p.m.

Val I have never understood Guinness. I think I feel about Guinness that many people feel about Vegemite.

Leah

July 4, 2020, 8:47 p.m.

Molly when I was in my late teens someone said I would get boyfriends if I wore make up and lost weight and wore nice clothes, she did wonders fir my self esteem.

Molly

July 4, 2020, 9:21 p.m.

Lol Leah, well having met you, you don’t need make up, to lose weight, or clothes advice! Some people are so critical, I mean I can be a bit blunt but I would never say personal things like that. Mind you, in our teens, I don’t think any of us had dress sense. When I look at old photos, I wonder what the **** I was thinking of lol. I remember going on a date with a boy I really liked and I wore a long green skirt and a pastel colourful top. My mum laughed at me which was cruel as I needed some guidance! To top it all, he brought along his mate, ha ha, not the best date of the century xx

Leah

July 5, 2020, 2:26 a.m.

Molly this woman was quite unkind. I wanted to tell her I had enough men in my life that I could handle looking the way I did,, I didn’t as as I was polite, xx

Molly

July 5, 2020, 1:25 p.m.

She sounds like a right ***** Leah. Some people just get joy in putting others down, usually because of their own low self esteem xx

The Gardener

July 4, 2020, 9:59 a.m.

Thanks Leah. Shopping, leave me out, except in India where we shopped till we literally dropped, then scary ride in tuk-tuk to get back to haven of hotel room. Being busy is my therapy, more and more difficult as decades of activities in this town dying. Knitting and gardening the 'big' ones. Transient gardening only summer, then I am only the caretaker here, so can't plan long term. Knitting designs get more outrageous, nobody wants them, but not a great cost, keeps brain going with designs and fingers active. Also very calming. xx

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Leah

July 4, 2020, 10:31 a.m.

TG Glad knitting and gardening Nd iguessyour shop helped you.

Orangeblossom

July 4, 2020, 10:15 a.m.

Thanks for the blog.I love stationery as well But my OH has forbidden me from buying any more note-books I love the spiral bound ones which I use for my journal. I like foraging for bargains but that Avenue is closed as nor charity shops are opened where we live. Bargain Box is my favourite shop as is eBay.

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Orangeblossom

July 4, 2020, 10:15 a.m.

Thanks for the blog.I love stationery as well But my OH has forbidden me from buying any more note-books I love the spiral bound ones which I use for my journal. I like foraging for bargains but that Avenue is closed as nor charity shops are opened where we live. Bargain Box is my favourite shop as is eBay.

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Leah

July 4, 2020, 10:33 a.m.

OB thanks for your post, I have collected journals too lately but I feel my writing is too messy to spoil them.

Molly

July 4, 2020, 2:29 p.m.

Orange, oh notebooks, I love them. Although I find the spiral ones come out of the spiral which really annoys me! Leah, the messier they are the better, I scribble all over mine and then can’t understand my own writing lol xx

Leah

July 4, 2020, 8:48 p.m.

I never had to worry about people reading my journals MOlly as I could never read them !,

Molly

July 4, 2020, 9:23 p.m.

Ha ha Leah xx

David

July 4, 2020, 1:27 p.m.

Hi, I haven't responded to these before but I have been a member for years. Retail Therapy really resonated with me. I'd like to explain as so many people assume immediately that this means a shopaholic obsession. I find therapy is "anything that absorbs me" and in which I lose sense of time. It also has to relax through its absorption. So I don't mean flicking the TV or surfing the Net. For me - Retail Therapy is going into my local City or Town EVERY Friday...It's my major planned event in my week. I have a set of stores or counters that I look forward to. Or I will browse the Internet for product ranges to investigate such as "Laptops, Fragrances or Cameras etc. I get a lot of exercise by this - 10k to 14k steps and also I make time for drink treats in between. I rarely buy anything but spend up to £20 on Tea & Cake stops. I love to organise the shelves where I find products out of order - so I sort out all the shelves for them s,m,l,xl,xxl etc. - I like to pick a subject and go to all the different stores to price compare. Me and my wife love gardening therapy - I find it very mindful. We have a joke - she loves planting and I love weeding - the trouble is .....I dig up all her plants!!! :-( - I also love listening to Music - and I mean really listening - i.e. I pick the SAME SONG over and over and pick up one instrument within the song and follow it all the way through. I love mindful walking and really observing nature closely such as one leaf. Anyway - that's my input to this x

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Oli

July 4, 2020, 5:04 p.m.

David, when I write -- really write -- I listen to the same piece of music over and over.

Leah

July 4, 2020, 8:56 p.m.

David I am so glad you responded. I like all your post and you have explained the way I see retail therapy and what it means to me but in a much better way than I could. Thank you. After I lost my shop in the fires it left a big hole. Volunteering at the op shop and immersing myself in the shop atmosphere really helps. Immersing oneself in the moment and losing track of time doing something you like really helps. David your input has really helped me . I hope you may reply again.

Vivvles

July 4, 2020, 1:59 p.m.

I’m another who loves stationery and like to buy pretty notebooks. However my journal writing goes in phases. Getting lost in a good book. Listening to music is a big love and I have a huge vinyl, tape and cd collection. Call me old-fashioned! Predominantly 60s,70s and 80s pop, rock n’roll and blues. I also love classical music, particularly classical guitar. My husband was a musician and it was a big part of our lives. When he first died I couldn’t listen to music. Strange that something I love so much wasn’t a comfort but instead became too painful. Starting to enjoy it again now. Might even put the jukebox on again! Leah, go for it and write in your journals! They are personal to you - who cares about neat writing. It’s what you write that matters. X

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Molly

July 4, 2020, 3:16 p.m.

Hi Viviane, there is some music I just can’t play anymore So I understand how painful it would have felt for you. I even get disturbed by music in adverts sometimes and there are far too many of them. I try and get up and do something to distract me. Like you, I have a huge vinyl and CD collection. I threw out my tapes, but my vinyl is too precious to me, especially the 45’s. I don’t have a record player but I couldn’t part with them. As for the CDs they just sit there in my cabinet these days. I think I might be ruthless one day and just keep a few. Molly xx

Leah

July 4, 2020, 8:59 p.m.

Viviane Thanks for your reply. I can see how listening to some music would have been too painful. I found looking at photographs always made me sad but with time gave comfort.

Valerie

July 4, 2020, 3:45 p.m.

Just a thought,could liking good quality stationery be a sign that someone is more likely to suffer mental illness? There seem to be quite a few of us with this quirk.

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Molly

July 4, 2020, 4:29 p.m.

Mmmm Val, good question. I’m wondering if it’s more about writers and people who like writing, but then a lot of them can be eccentric lol ***

Leah

July 4, 2020, 9:02 p.m.

Val I like to think people with great taste and are sensitive and appreciate quality like stationery. It is an elite group. I know people without mental issues who like stationery,

Molly

July 4, 2020, 10:57 p.m.

I helped an old man edit and publish a book he had written. He was 99 when it got published. He used to cut up and recycle scrap paper and staple them together to make little pads for me. As intelligent as he was, he never realised this was a thing of the past. Bless him xx

Leah

July 5, 2020, 2:28 a.m.

Y parents did that too. I still find it hard to by a pad just for jotting. X

Molly

July 4, 2020, 11:16 p.m.

Something else that helps me, is my halogen heater (or a hot water bottle) I get through so many heaters it’s a bit silly really but they are cheap. I don’t think they are designed for permanent use. I have all through my life needed to sit by a heater, or gas fire, or log fire. Maybe it’s comfort more than therapy or maybe the two come hand in hand. I could never have an electric blanket though because I love the feel of cold bedding. Xx

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Jul

July 5, 2020, 6:34 a.m.

Hello Leah. My therapy is very boring. It's reading the daily newspaper from cover to cover. My father used to do this and I must have picked it up from him. But I also remember hearing half a story on the radio and wanting to know how it all started so I thought then before there was the internet, the only way is to read a daily paper. At the moment with this pandemic and my OH unable to travel for work, a major therapy is to be on my own for a few hours at the very least. Rarely achieved. Jul xx

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Leah

July 5, 2020, 9:50 a.m.

Jul one of my favourite memories was doing the cryptic crossword with my m7m then my son. I have not bought a paper in years..I think reading a paper is relaxing, Thanks for your comment,

Molly

July 5, 2020, 1:50 p.m.

Jul, I think I’ve mentioned before, my husband is obsessed with having his paper every day. So much so, I have stopped laughing about it! My elderly neighbour gets it for him and it comes at different times. If it’s late, he can’t cope! I mean seriously, it will put him in a bad mood for the rest of the day. It’s something I can’t do for him because I just can’t get up early and go to the shop easily. So we are lucky that we have our neighbour to get it and I tell him he should be grateful, whatever time it comes! Leah, he likes the crosswords, especially the weekend ones, although his concentration isn’t so good these days. Molly xx

Jul

July 5, 2020, 3:45 p.m.

Yes I remember you saying this about your husband and his paper Molly. I have to read the print edition not on an iPad. When we go to France I don't read it even though we've got a subscription online. I can relate to your husband's need for his daily paper. Jul xx

Paula

July 9, 2020, 6:49 a.m.

The daily Sodoku and crosswords in the Canberra Times; a walk up on the ridge behind our suburb; cooking a new recipe; going to Bunnings and buying something for the house or garden. All good therapy. Actual therapy once a week, sometimes difficult emotionally but always useful. I hope the process of rebuilding your life is underway and you are OK with your new life. Wishing you good health and good sleep! xx

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