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Struggling to avoid slipping into poor MH

  • 28-09-2020 11:12am
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    I'll try get to the point.

    I have in the past struggled with GAD, but recently there's been quite a bit of upheaval in my life. I finished a contract during lockdown and haven't had the motivation to properly pursue a new job. I don't get anything much done on a daily basis and there are some important things that need to be done. Getting up, washed and dressed takes hours.

    All the signs are there that I'm slipping back into bad patterns but I have to fight it. I have my OH, but no other friends or family near (moved to OH's country). I really can't let myself go back there. I'm trying to get out and move, do a bit of jogging, trying to eat healthily but I just feel like I'm running up a shifting slope and even if I'm trying, I'm still going downhill.

    How do I fight this? Not set up with a doctor here (one of those things I need to get around to) and lack of job means not much spare cash to fund private treatment. I did CBT before but that was firstly aimed at my anxiety (this feels more like depression, which I didn't have before), and secondly it was ages ago and I don't remember much of it. Any tips, suggestions or experiences of what had worked for you in the past would be really appreciated.

    Thank you


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,611 Mod ✭✭✭✭Hannibal_Smith

    Firstly, I would sign up with a GP. Because at the end of it all, if they have the ability to help you that's a good thing.

    Last year I was in a spot where I was slipping. But I managed to hang on in there. A simple thing, like doing a list every day of things I wanted to do. There was great satisfaction in the evening in ticking everything off. If I didn't get something done, I moved it to the following day and didn't beat myself up over it.

    If you're getting exercise and eating well, they are hugely positive steps and fair play to you for doing all you can to keep yourself on track. I use the strava app, which I find great. It has 'challenges' that you can sign up for and it really does feel great when you get that badge. You could sign up for the 5k one maybe and work to get it in a month.

    However, I know they're very simple suggestions and the most important thing is that if you feel you're doing all you can and you're still not feeling right, find that GP and make an appointment. It could be the best thing you'll do.