Rosie's recovery

Did you read Rosie's recovery story? Read on to see what she done to make herself feel better and to aid her recovery:

  • I have worked hard to work out WHY I suffer with anxiety, WHY I hear voices, and realised that a lot of it stems from my past and from my lack of self-esteem.
  • I have worked with my care co-ordinator to find the best services to suit me and have accessed them (a reading group with occupational therapist, coping skills workshops, one-to-one CBT sessions).
  • I have started to lose weight, which has given me something to work towards: I now have a goal and get such a buzz each week when I see I have lost more weight!
  • I have joined the gym. Wherever possible, I cycle there or go swimming. The act of doing physical activity releases endorphins and makes me feel better mentally!
  • I have cut back on the amount of alcohol I drink; I try to have a few “drink-free” nights per week, and try not to 'binge' when I do drink. It’s hard, but I have realised that alcohol is a depressant, particularly the next day!
  • When I am having a low day, or a 'dip' as I call it, I try to do something small to distract myself and to stop the ruminating thoughts. For example, I paint my nails, write a poem, play a game of Scrabble, or listen to music.
  • When I feel that I am becoming unwell again, I tell my care co-ordinator straight away so we are well prepared and can try everything possible to avoid a full-blown relapse.
  • I lean on my family and friends for support – that’s what they’re there for after all: to love, care for and support me. Just as I love, care and support them!
  • I try to make plans for the future. For example, I want to work with people who are experiencing mental health problems: I feel I would be good at this, so I have done lots of research on the qualifications I would need and what skills I would need to attain to do the job. It keeps my mind active and stimulated!
  • Lastly, I have realised that recovery is a gradual process – and it is not something that my care coordinator does FOR me. It is a joint thing; we work together!

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