Friday, July 8, 2011

Act Now

So my mental health nurse came on Wednesday.  She spent most of her time getting a full medical and mental history on me and also my family.  We talked about what I find difficult and how we can go about restoring balance in my life.

It is terrible that I have to relearn everything almost.  Mental illness is such an awful invisible unacknowledged illness.  The past six months has seen me frozen with inability and like a baby I have to relearn almost everything to become a full functioning person in my own life.

This will involve an agency who will provide someone to take me grocery shopping and teach me to finish the shop rather than leave early because you are overwhelmed with choice and options.  My nurse will take me for walks to get me thinking about exercise and will also on occasion arrive in the late afternoon and help me prepare a meal following simple steps I have been to overwhelmed to take.

She also talked about acceptance and commitment therapy.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a unique and creative model for both therapy and coaching, based on the innovative use of mindfulness  and values.The aim of ACT is to maximise human potential for a rich, full and meaningful life.
ACT helps you to cultivate health vitality and well-being through mindfulness and values-guided action. Although ACT was created over 10 years before 'positive psychology' existed, it is increasingly seen as a part of that movement.
I have talked about mindfulness in a previous post.  So please read about it you need to.  

I am glad I have this nurse on side and glad for the support I will received.  I am nervous about being taken out of my comfort zone but recognise the need for my continued recovery.

Take care, thanks for reading and supporting

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like some great help. Such practical things and the getting back to living stuff. See you Monday!