Burnt my breakfast this morning because I was admiring the new look of this website.
Now, of to the job search club at the local mental centre. Taking 4 versions of my CV with me.
good luck Robert i hope you find a job you like
Lots of talking and advice on training and free use of computers.
I've also signed up for their sleep workshop to try to help with my insomnia.
Sounds good Robert. I’m sure it will help.
Robert... your tenacity is amazing! Hang in there
I actually have endless problems trying to get on with life. And i am getting help.
With this particular mental health unit I have signed up to an insomnia workshop (which is today ). And a managing stress workshop ( on Monday 1 Oct). From past experience I expect both to be group sessions.
Attendance at these sessions is usually lower than the number people booked on them because people who need help most are the ones who don't turn up.
For example yesterday. At the 'open' come as you please computer sessions. There were three members of staff and only three of us mentally unstable customers came. Yet trying to make one to one appointments with them is difficult because they claim to have a very busy workload.
I attended a 3 hour stress workshop at my local Mind headquarters. It covered the basics of what is stress, it's symptoms, causes etc.
And finally how to deal with stress and relaxation techniques. Very little was new since I'm doing most of what they suggested.
One embarrassing moment. They were teaching breathing exercises, keeping our eyes closed. And.... I dozed off and woke up in the middle of a nightmare. My insomnia causes me to fall asleep in the afternoon everywhere, buses, trains, training courses.
Your sudden ability to relax or over arching exhaustion caused that
big, huge, massive respect to you
A bit more about the workshop. We had group activities filling in the 'stressbucket'
And advice on how to relax. Handouts of patterns to fill in with coloured pencils.
(...Um, Greetings, Sir... I have been voting up your posts here so far today, but I am not sure about voting up THAT lot (--- especially the colouring-in picture)... I also said nothing so far because I was uncertain of WHAT to say. All I can do is to keep offering "Good Fortune" for your good self... (*sniffle*) ... Keep on keeping Your Own Strength no matter what, basically...)
You are unsure what to say about the colouring in picture. Well.... That's the kind of help and advice we get from some centres. To combat stress. Strategies were.
Do you visit any mental health and advice centres? Do you take part in group activities? Or do you meet regularly with social workers/case workers?
Last Friday, my regional headquarters of Mind held an open day. Activities included the sleep workshop ( I attended), meditation classes, buffet lunch, a raffle, a quiz, painting with cotton buds and other advice such as getting involved in gardening.
I actually got to speak briefly with the chief executive. About how disappointed we were with the attendance. There were around ten members of staff and about twenty of us clients. She told me that they support hundreds of clients with mental health issues.
After lunch I took part in another activity. A nature walk through a local park/wood/abbey. With a handout to help us identify trees, with pictures of tree, leaf, berry/flower/nut. Five of us went on this walk. Me!!!! With four members of staff!!!!