I haven’t posted for the last week.
This is because I’ve had what I call a “wobble”, “low times” or a “dip”. I’m not telling you this as I start to come out of it for sympathy. I’m writing this to raise awareness that even if someone is recovering from mental health issues and making good progress, this can sometimes take a dip. However, this does not mean that all the good work prior to the dip is lost, you just have a stronger start point for the next leg of the journey.
I want this post to be a positive one. Not to dwell on the negatives of this ‘episode’, but to take the positives out of getting through it and what positive changes I can take to move forward and reduce the risk of it happening again.
In this post I’m going to cover:
- My dip
- FREE downloads to help you with improving Mental Health and making habits stick.
I remember my counsellor telling me that recovery is not a straight line on a graph going up. There will be dips in the line but if you are positive and work on your recovery the line will continue to rise.
I’m not sure what triggered this episode, which for me makes it even more confusing and frustrating. My depression took hold and I simply couldn’t function properly anymore. The spiral that occurred for me this time was knowing how good I had been feeling and knowing what I needed to do to get out of it, but not being able to do it!
I didn’t want to talk to anyone about it as I felt like I would be letting people down. Those closest to me that have been on the journey with me, would feel disappointed in me because I was not making progress. Which is just not the case. Another example of how our minds can play tricks on us. It is SO important that we reach out and talk to someone.
Anyway, I said I wasn’t going to dwell on how down I was feeling in this post. I’m on my way out of this dip and wan’t to make this a positive post.
FREE Downloads – Mental Health and Habits
I want to show for those that are suffering that even though you may feel terrible, these feelings WILL pass. You WILL start to feel better again. You WILL be stronger for it. The most important thing you must do is talk to someone about it. Even if it feels like the hardest thing in the world to do.
Looking back on this episode I can identify that there are things in my daily routine I stopped doing. Maybe because I was too busy. Maybe because I was feeling good and subconsciously the importance of my daily routine dropped off.
OK so lets be positive. What can I do to make a positive change to reduce the risk of this happening again?
I’ve previously written about how I like to use plans in my recovery. So I’ve created a couple of plans to help me. One is a daily mental health checklist. Research shows that there are certain things that can help us to improve and maintain our mental health. The other is a habit planner that helps me to identify the habit I want to implement and the rewards I will achieve.
These plans allow me to track my progress. However it is key that if I miss a day or a certain part of the checklist, that I don’t beat myself up about it. The progress up until that point isn’t lost!
I’m going to share these plans with you for FREE! They are not to replace professional medical treatment for mental health issues. They can however, help you take steps to make a positive impact on your mental health and your life. You don’t need to be suffering to give them a try.
Where can I download the plans from?
They can be found in the “Resources” page on HuckleberryGrove.com
As always, I’d really like to get your thoughts on any of of this so please leave comments below.
Take care of yourselves.