Saturday, 9 February 2008

The Do's & Don'ts

I found this chapter in 'Self Help For Your Nerves' by Dr Claire Weekes. For those who haven't got the book i thought i would share it as i find it helpful.

  1. Do not run away from fear. Analyse it and see it as no more than a physical feeling. Don't be bluffed by a physical feeling.

  2. Accept all the strange sensations connected with you panic. Do not fight them, float past them. Recognise that they are temporary.

  3. Let there be no self-pity.

  4. Settle your problem as quickly as you can, if not by action, then by accepting a new point of view.

  5. Waste no time on 'What mighth have been' and 'If Only...'

  6. Face sorrow and know that time will bring relief

  7. Be occupied. Do not lie in bed brooding. Be occupied calmly, not feverishly trying to forget yourself.

  8. Remember that strength in a muscle may depend on the confidence with which it is used.

  9. Accept your obssessions and be prepared to live with them temporarily. Do not fight them by trying to push them away. Let time do that.

  10. Remember your recovery does not depend entirely on you, as so many people are so ready to tell you. You may need help, accept it willingly and without shame.

  11. Do not be discouraged if you cannot make decisions while you are ill. When you are well it will be easy enough to make decisions.

  12. Do not measure your progress day to day. Don't count the days, months, years you have been ill and despair at the thought of them. Once your on the road to recovery, recovery is inevitable, HOWEVER PROTRACTED YOUR ILLNESS MAY HAVE BEEN.

  13. Never accept defeat. Remember it is never too late to give yourself another chance.



Your thoughts????


Rachael Hale said...

I remember reading this a few years ago and deciding that was going to do all those things. Of course that was easier said than done and i failed. Maybe i wasnt trying hard enough.

anxiousbookworm said...

Thank you for sharing. I will have to check the book out.