Self Help Techniques

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Self-help techniques aren't everything, and I'm not saying they will cure you tomorrow, but a few positive things to make the days go a smoother can't hurt. A lot of self-help techniques and practices, require you to pay £235352235 for them, and if you want to do that, that's fine, but these things are tiny and totally free - but they might actually help you. 

In the US alone, in 2013, the self-help industry is worth $11 billion, it's not exactly small. But, other than paid seminars, materials, classes etc. there are a lot of things that you can do by yourself, or with the people around you, that actually don't cost you much... With the exception of maybe a new nice journal and a calendar? 

The UK doesn't have such a huge mainline calling for self-help, although with deteriorating Mental Health Services, people are taking it upon themselves to try to make themselves better - it's a growing industry in the UK, and I don't think it's going to stop anytime soon. There are many ways to access self-help therapies; through telephone/email, online, and physical materials. These can be found in more detail on the NHS Self-help therapies site, which is the link list below! 

Although, please do not rely on self-help therapies to cure your mental illnesses, nothing beats the word of a professional, and any good professional will recommend you carry on with whatever you are doing, if it is helping you. 


Please do not take this blog as formal advice!!!!!! I'm just telling you a few things that I am doing to try and help myself, and that could help you, so why wouldn't I share it??

1. Keep a diary

It doesn't have to be anything special, just a few words about how you're feeling that day, or a log of any triggers, harm to yourself & things along those lines. This helps you to keep track of how you have progressed, and maybe understand when you need to reach out for help. 

2. Be a busy bee (buzzzzzzzzzz....)

Depression is a kick in the teeth, as is any mental illness, but it’s so important to keep busy & not let the illness consume your hobbies and friendships. ((((BUT also don’t waste your thoughts on people who do not give you a little bit of a break during this time, they can hold back your recovery)))) Update: I've just added the link to a few websites to help you keep yourself busy, have a gander!

3. Look after yourself

You have the opportunity everyday to be an amazing person, and that starts with taking care of yourself. Bathe (or shower if you prefer!), get dressed, do your makeup, if that’s what you want to do! Set yourself self-care goals everyday, and treat yourself if you achieve them (most important bit!!!) 

4. Understand 

Do some research about how you are feeling, and try to understand your illness, this will help you learn to manage & hopefully recovery in the future. This illness is a part of you now, and it needs to be addressed, just like anything else in your life. Maybe study treatment options, from medication to psychotherapy, there’s a lot on offer! 

5. Targets

Plan your recovery, and set yourself targets of 1, 3 & 6 months (and so on) Mental illnesses will not go away overnight, but they are manageable & people live with them everyday, all around the world. 

That's it from me flower, make sure you're always 100% safe and surrounding yourself with lovely things through this hard time. Blankets & hot chocolates go a long way, lovelies!


Links Links Links!!! 
Future Learn - Free online courses, because why the hell not?!

Depressionet - Fighting Depression

Vocabulary.com - Gain a few extra fancy words during your rest-up period

Self Help UK

Self Help Therapies (NHS)



Sources

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