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Tell me your self-help that works....

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Queenofknickers Sun 20-Oct-13 11:54:37

I already take ADs and have weekly psychotherapy. However I still struggle and wanted to know what additional tips you have that work - fish oil? I have restricted mobility (can't do exercise classes etc) due to spinal degeneration plus I work 7-7 most days in a stressful job (and commute). What can I do to help myself? Just want to hide in bed.

KissesBreakingWave Sun 20-Oct-13 12:19:18

I found self-study of CBT a great help - www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/self-help-therapies.aspx is a good resource. Did it in a thoroughly disorganised, flitting-about fashion, which worked for me.

See if you can't get some professional advice on means of getting some exercise that's compatible with your spinal condition. I go dancing two or three times a week, and that helped enormously.

Finally, and this one is going to seem more than a bit bizarre, I'm working through Marcus Aurelius' Meditations.

Miopiccolotopolino Sun 20-Oct-13 12:29:21

Kisses, I started readin Meditations when I hit a rough patch as a teenager ( I know even weirder smile. The problem I had with it was that I found the ideas lovely but very difficult to live or realise in rl. In a way some of the ideals MA wrote about became the ultimate goal that I could never reach and made me feel even more useless and incapable iyswim. Also, I found that with ideas like that I was always (and still am) very much the odd one out, especially when dealing with manipulative or bitchy people. sad

Miopiccolotopolino Sun 20-Oct-13 12:32:34

Sorry Op,that you are experiencing these difficulties. Unfortunately I haven't got anything wise to say but will read with interest what more experienced mnetters will suggest.

I did cbt with the nhs when I was pregnant and have to say that although I didn't do it properly (didn't do the set homework at times) I still don't feel as anxious as I used to before.

Wishing you all the best op.

Miopiccolotopolino Sun 20-Oct-13 12:55:35

Queen, are you able to take some sick leave in order to relax and recuperate? It sounds like you need some downtime and pamper yourself a bit if possible. Is there any tailored exercise you could do? How about Pilates? Also cranial sacral therapy is supposed to be good for back problems and general wellbeing ( even for depression). I really hope you feel better soon!

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