I only joined yesterday and have to say that my mood has lifted due to the fact I have finally found people that understand what I am going through and also due to the kind messages of support they have given me. For the first day I got out of bed (struggled a bit) and had a purpose and that purpose is to make a difference each day to someone or to me.
So I thought I would start a list of things that have helped me in my long road of recovery and battle with depression. I don't always do these as you know that concentration and memory can be impacted but here are some thing i wanted to bring to the forum.
1. Be kind to yourself. Keep a POSITIVE diary.
My positive diary started off as a tiny notebook and is now a proper A4 journal. It includes mundane things like managing to wash my hair but at least I did it!!
2. Stop those NEGATIVE AUTOMATIC THOUGHTS.
When you have one of these thoughts try to catch it at the emotion and before you act on it. For example, I used to think I am fat and ugly and worthless. Now when the thought comes into my head I think I am curvy, kind and caring and I reinforce this by telling myself an example of something I have done.
3. Sleep enhancement theray.
Although I take sleeping tablets I now use sleep enhancement as well. I was unable to read a book for 5 years due to concentration levels and my mind just doing overtime. Now I take me tablets and read for half an hour and my brain knows it is sleepy bed time. It soen't stop the nightmares but I am getting through my Patricia Cornwell collection which has made me feel achievement.
Anyway enough of my ramblings. i just thought that we could add to this and come up with what a good day could look like for us all when we are struggling. Take care all. xxx