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After being recently very unwell, the good news is I am feeling much better now, but still have a long way to go. I am now on medication again – thank goodness for medication and seeing my GP every two weeks who has been absolutely fantastic. Through the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust I was advised to go their Wellbeing Service which has a Ready to Change website. You can self refer or get your GP to refer you.
They advised me to use a really good website called Living Life to the Full. You can join the website and access really good information about how to help yourself and wellbeing. At times I found it hard to access so in the end I purchased some books which I prefer. I recently purchased 10 little books, they are great and very simple, easy to follow and understand which is exactly what you need when you are feeling unwell. I find it hard to focus, concentrate and read so these books are ideal and give you good tips for getting well and helping yourself. I also bought a much bigger book called ‘Overcoming Depression and Low Mood’ but I am not up to reading that yet.
I was also referred to a link worker who was so lovely and helpful to me, best link worker I have ever had. I also have to see a psychiatrist soon. I am hoping to get a talking therapy, which is something I have always felt I needed since 2008. I strongly believe that by talking you can help yourself come to terms with what has happened to you, help you to learn to accept it and understand it. This may not help everyone but for me it is something I have always felt I needed and never got through the NHS. I understand there are probably people far worse off than me with less support and the NHS has limited funds available. I believe that many people live in fear for all sorts of reasons but it is not good to bottle things up, it is much better to talk to someone, someone you can trust, it usually makes you feel better when you talk to someone who is supportive and positive. When you become unwell you often become very negative with your thinking so you need to talk to people who are positive thinking and can give you hope, encouragement and confidence. You can also become very isolated and lonely so talking and meeting people is so important.
Tips which can help.
I found some other little useful books which helped and were easy to read. I bought them from Inanna’s Festival shop in Norwich – gifts laced with magic and mystery. I love this shop. I bought several books – Elf help for overcoming depression, Keeping up your spirits therapy, and worry therapy. They are great little books with little illustrations, easy to read. You can just dip into them and refer back to them. They have loads more self help books and they are small and easy to read.
I have found what has helped me the most is having a supportive family, friends, GP, Medication, Self Help and Acceptance and taking responsibility. I also find writing, reading and creative work, my animation very helpful. Exercise and sleep is also important and so is your diet. I have recently tried to change my diet to eating porridge for breakfast as it starts your metabolism off, eating a banana every day as is it is good for energy. You also need to do exercise, Be Active, as it helps you feel better and try and get in some sort of routine, find an interest, a hobby, something you enjoy, keep busy and just take each day as it comes. Take notice of the beauty in nature, go for walks. Keep learning new skills, new interests. Help someone else, give and it will help you feel better as well as the other person. Talk to people, anyone who you can trust, talking can help rather than bottling problems and worries up, make sure you don’t become isolated, connect with other people, often others can give you a lift, just one little word and it can help a tremendous amount. It won’t happen overnight, just take small steps each day, make small goals and talk to people and don’t be afraid to ask for help from anyone if you need it. I am certainly not doing all of this yet, not well enough, it takes time but hopefully I will get there and I know it can sometimes work.
I strongly believe in the Five Ways to Wellbeing, Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. It really does work but it takes time and does not happen overnight, you really have to make an effort and try even though it is so hard just don’t give up, take small manageable steps.
Getting well and staying well is not easy, we are all unique and what will work for one person will not work as well for another, you have to find your own way and you have to make the decision to want to get better and change in order to do it, then you are on your way. I strongly believe everyone is capable of improving their wellbeing but it is not easy, it takes time, a lot of strength, courage and commitment and a willingness to want to change and accept you are having difficulties, I hope this blog helps in some way and offers HOPE. Wellness in people will be different, it’s about finding a way to manage, cope and lead a fullfilling life.
Please note all links to organisations and professional help are on the right hand side of the blog under Links which will have really good advice for Mental Health and Wellbeing as well as links throughout this text article to the professional expert organisations who help people with Mental Health Difficulties.
For further information about Yessica’s Journey the animation I am directing please go to the website.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, I know sometimes my blogs are quite long.