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What helped/helps you most?

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FedglingFTB Thu 27-Apr-17 20:31:06

Just that really. What helps you most with your MH issues?

ImperialBlether Thu 27-Apr-17 23:11:50

My daughter had a problem with depression - it was definitely something she'd inherited from her father and grandmother.

When she was 13 I was worried about her moods and bought her a treadmill. She used to run for an hour a night - her body changed (which she wanted) and she was always calmer afterwards.

When she went to university she still had problems with depression and she started to practise yoga. Now she does it every day and it's made the world of difference. It's hard to do something when you're suffering from it and often it's been an effort, but for the last several years (she's now in her late twenties) she's been absolutely fine.

Writing about her feelings also helped her - it really can help to get it all out on paper.

On the other hand her dad didn't do anything to help himself and is still suffering now.

BackforGood Thu 27-Apr-17 23:16:38

Friend started volunteering for the Cimmamon Trust.
Basically meant she was committed to getting out the house, exercising, and being in the fresh air each day as she walked the dog she was allocated. Said it was her saving.

GoldSpot Thu 27-Apr-17 23:27:07

Definitely volunteering for me. I signed up to help at my local Citizens Advice and it has been the best thing I have done for myself in years. doing it - the challenge and interaction I have had with other grown ups (SAHM for 10 years) has reallly brought home to me how depressed I had actually become.

Also, basic self-care - in particular, being very careful about my alcohol intake and the amount of sleep I get.

FedglingFTB Fri 28-Apr-17 20:02:29

Thank you, not what I was expecting at all. I though medication or therapists would be the common theme

beansonbread Fri 28-Apr-17 20:12:52

For me, CBT was a great help. Getting to offload to someone impartial every week really helped me work through my thoughts. Medication was good too.

However the things that I use on an almost day to day basis still now even though my anxiety and depression have settled for now are; counting my breathing, daily meditation (I use the headspace app), colouring in, lots of sleep, exercising, getting outside, routine and avoiding caffeine and alcohol.

BackforGood Fri 28-Apr-17 21:29:23

Well, there's such a range of conditions that comes under 'MH' - obviously what fits one thing probably wouldn't fit another. Indeed, what fits one person for one diagnosis, wouldn't fit another with the same diagnosis.

LoveMyLittleSuperhero Fri 28-Apr-17 21:37:47

Cross stitching helps me massively when I'm having really bad days with my PTSD, the repetitive movement, the complete concentration it takes so my mind can't keep running away, and the fact that I produces something beautiful at the end. Ironically it was while I was doing a course of CBT that me and the therapist I was working with realised how grounding and useful I found it.
Also find as others have said my daily dog walks, the fact I don't drink, and cutting caffeine down to almost nothing helped aswell.

NolongerAnxiousCarer Fri 28-Apr-17 22:23:25

For me for depression and PTSD, meditation, mindfulness, EFT, exercise, knitting and drawing. Medication and councelling have also been really helpful for the depression and IEMT has been the only thing that has worked for the PTSD. Also an NLP ( neurolinguistic programming ) foundation course changed my life for the better.

SingaSong12 Sat 29-Apr-17 12:21:22

Firstly medication - I really notice if I accidentally forget them in the morning. I really should have one set in my bag. Mindfulness has helped with things. When I was very depressed support from counsellor. Exercise.
Lately I could to MN for support as I don't have anyone IRL except close relatives and I can't always talk to them. The MN community have been brilliant.

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