Posted by: carolg1849 | February 27, 2011

Losing it?

Well, thats if you had it in the first place?  What did she lose, when did she lose it?   Seems to me she has actually found something or is beginning to find, her true self.    Ruby Wax, a lady who back in the day was an all singing all dancing, full on confrontational interviewer of the rich and famous.

I have just watched her at the Chocolate Factory (http://www.menierchocolatefactory.com/ruby_wax_losing_it)  She still portrays that full on human dynamo,  her quick wit to the fore as she charts the effects of a crippling depression that took ahold of her at the peak of her success.  She admits this “depression” has been with her all her life and openly talks about her troubled childhood and how as a teenager not ever fitting into the mould of the blond and beautiful, tall with long “swishy” hair, she decided the only way to compete with them was to be FAMOUS.  How her strong will propelled her into stardom, and once that first hit of success coursed through her veins, how she wanted more and more, and the only way to fend of any glimpses of insecurities she kept “busy, busy, busy”.  Seems she could never stop, she ran so hard she totally ignored the signs of the downfall that was building up.  Then snap, it happened and instead of running she sunk into a crippling “depression” where all she wanted to do was stay in bed with thoughts of wanting to end it all.    Since that first “drop” into the abyss she has had several stays at the PRIORY, lucky for her I thought; each time gaining more understanding and inisght into the real Ruby beneath the mask, the Ruby who is rumoured to have Bi Polar but who when asked said no, she talks about being mentally ill?  she also talks of medication and how she believes she will be taking this permanantly for the rest of her life…………………..  and this is depression?

Is it possible that Ruby is actually describing a “personality disorder” a disorder that will be with her for life and that her delving into Mindfullness and John Kabat Zinn is helping her to find her centre and remain grounded and that the depression is a sympton of the disorder?

Is the stigma she openly talks about so severe that she cant associate with with the dirty word PD?  I take my hat off to her for trying to raise the stigma of mental health sufferers who she says 1 in 4 now suffer from, but the sector of our mental health system here in the UK that gets the worst deal of all  is personality disorder, for some they dont even get diagnosis at all because of the outmoded beliefs of   “professionals” who holds the  person as untreatable,   or they are  purposely given the diagnosis of Bi polar or some other “more accceptable” term,  so they can be medicated and seen to be helped but of course being medicated just dulls the senses, disconnects the person from their true feelings.  Feelings that would allow them, with help and the correct support, to understand and find ways of coping with them.

Seen as waste of space and a drain on the mental health system and treated with total disdain, many commit suicide. Its inhumane and a disgrace that the professioanls one turns to for help actually does not believe a word you are saying.   She describes the “walking dead” if ever there was a descripton of PD then this is it, to me you cannot talk about mental health without talking openly about the dirty word PD.  Funny really, she talks about how in the past you couldnt talk about being gay, then the C word, cancer could never be spoken.  Its the same for PD ,  this is the big elephant in the room that she is totally ignoring, come on Ruby get real !!!

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Posted by: carolg1849 | February 16, 2011

music to my ears !!

this article appeared in NATURAL NEWS on Feb 1oth 2011

I always felt the music was very therapeutic, sound resonates and raises our energy levels

 

Studies in music indicate that it is a natural healer. Proven to release dopamine responsible for pleasure, music shows promise in the treatment of mental and somatic illnesses. Similar research also suggest that it may be useful for patients with traumatic brain injury and as therapeutic intervention for problems associated with aging.

 

Pleasure booster. A recent study published in Nature Neuroscience (2011) indicates that listening to one`s favorite music leads to the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with the pleasure system of the brain. Even just anticipating the sounds of music one likes will trigger the release of dopamine. This study was the first to link dopamine and musical pleasure and how the human pleasure system works.

 

Dopamine, which is also responsible for both motivation and addiction, is a feel-good chemical. It can affect how you feel and think, and has been attributed to feelings of happiness. Too little of it may cause irrational thinking, memory loss, and schizophrenia.

 

Depression lifter. A review of five randomized studies was conducted by Maratus, et al. (2008) to determine if music is effective in reducing the symptoms of depression.

 

Results showed that four of the five studies reported significant reduction in depression among participants who were selected at random to music therapy compared to those receiving standard care conditions. Participants in the music therapy reported improvement in their moods and mental state.

 

In a similar study conducted by Myskja and Nord (2008), music therapy also resulted in a significant reduction in the depression level of nursing home residents in Oslo, Norway. The institution was without music for 4 months, after which music therapy was resumed for 2 months, twice a week, with 72 residents participating in two groups — those with music and those without music.

 

Results revealed that residents who participated in music therapy had a significant reduction of depression rating compared to those without music therapy.

 

Brain healer. Music can also address the needs of patients with traumatic brain injuries. In a book by Gilbertson and Aldrige and reviewed by Wright (2008), music therapy was found to be effective as a rehabilitative therapy for patients who were initially considered unreachable or non-responsive. This is proven in the comprehensive literature presented in their book, which includes moving stories of clients who were thought to be in a vegetative state but were able to react to music and subsequently indicated the ability to communicate.

 

Other benefits. An extensive review of literature on music therapy by Koelsch (2009) also revealed additional benefits of music as follows: Music can automatically capture attention and may distract attention from negative experiences such as pain, anxiety, worry and sadness. Similarly, it is effective in the treatment of affective disorders such as depression, pathologic anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. It is beneficial in the treatment of tinnitus and in facilitating Alzheimer`s patients` adaptation in long-term care facilities, and it has also been shown to improve executive function in the elderly, including those who suffered stroke and Parkinson`s disease.

 

Hence, music as a natural healer is credited to induce pleasurable feelings and is considered a promising treatment for mental and somatic illnesses; it can enhance the emotional and psycho-social wellness of brain-injured patients and could offer therapeutic benefits in the elderly by improving cognitive, physical, and emotional health.

 

 

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/031271_music_healing.html#ixzz1E9REo74h

 

Posted by: carolg1849 | October 8, 2010

Please listen

Learning to listen to someone who never feels heard.  This is something denied to most people suffering with PD

 

Please Listen ~ a poem by a survivor


When I ask you to listen to me and you start giving me advice, you have not done what I asked.

When I ask you to listen to me and you begin to tell me why I shouldn’t feel that way, you are trampling on my feelings.

When I ask you to listen to me and you feel you have to do something to solve my problem, you have failed me, strange as that may seem.

Listen! All I ask is that you listen. Don’t talk or do – just hear me.

Advice is cheap; 20 cents will get you both Dear Abby and Billy Graham in the same newspaper,  and I can do for myself; I am not helpless. Maybe discouraged and faltering, but not helpless.

When you do something for me that I can and need to do for myself, you contribute to my fear and inadequacy. But when you accept as a simple fact that I feel what I feel, no matter how irrational, then I can stop trying to convince you and get about this business of understanding what’s behind this irrational feeling.

And when that’s clear, the answers are obvious and I don’t need advice. Irrational feelings make sense when we understand what’s behind them.

Perhaps that’s why prayer works, sometimes, for some people – because G*d is mute, and he doesn’t give advice or try to fix things. G*d just listens and lets you work it out for yourself.

So please listen, and just hear me.
And if you want to talk, wait a minute
for your turn – and I will listen to you.

by Author Unknown

 

Posted by: carolg1849 | August 8, 2010

Therapy Support For Carers Scotland

the  following article was posted to me today, for those in the Perth Kinross areas could be a very useful contact,  read the full article on the link at the bottom of the page.

We have been treating Carers in the Perth and Kinross area for several years, referrals are made through Social Work and Mental Health Teams. The recent initiative of caring for our carers is a productive and important one, which benefits not only the Carer, but also who they are caring for and their family members.

Our Carers need support through major turning points in their lives. For many the causal factors behind anger, guilt and anxiety have to be addressed often without disclosure to the therapist, thereby avoiding the need for the Carer to divulge personal aspects of their lives which they may wish to keep private. The therapy used in these cases is�Silent Counselling.

At Therapy Training Scotland we work with Carers who have reached turning points in their lives and who would like a different perspective of life. Issues come up which they feel they can not deal with themselves due to insufficient personal time. They feel a great need for support but also the need to maintain their privacy and dignity.

Therapy Training Scotland: Therapy Support For Carers Scotland.

via Therapy Support For Carers Scotland.

RETHINK – New GP survey shows most don’t have expertise to commission in mental health

Monday, 12, Jul 2010 11:17

White paper to hand mental health commissioning to GPs, but most don’t have necessary expertise

New GP Survey reveals only 1 in 3 ready for new mental health role

The Government’s health white paper expected Monday is set to propose a massive shake up of NHS mental health services, stripping PCTs of the power to commission secondary services and handing it instead to GPs.

But mental health charity Rethink discovered that only 31% of GPs feel equipped to take on the role for mental health. While three quarters of GPs say they can take responsibility for diabetes and asthma services, less than a third felt the same for mental health services.

Rethink is concerned that unless there’s a national plan to up-skill GPs in mental health many of the 1.5 million people with severe mental illnesses may fail to get the treatment they need.

Paul Jenkins, Chief Executive of Rethink, said: “GPs with a real interest in mental health can play an invaluable role in supporting more than a million and a half people with severe mental illness. But we often hear from people with mental illness, that GPs don’t understand mental health and want to quickly refer them on to specialists. Now GPs themselves are telling us that they have concerns too.

“The proposals expected in the white paper can work, but only if GPs are given proper training and support to understand the needs of people with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. If they are to be given responsibility for deciding what happens to people with severe mental illness, then they also have the right to get properly trained up first”.

ENDS

To arrange an interview or for more information, please call Lily Carter on 020 7840 3144 or 07870 204583

Notes to Editors

251 GPs were interviewed online by ICM Research on behalf of Rethink in June 2010. Interviewees were selected at random from ICM’s nationally representative panel of GPs. Results are broadly representative in terms of age, gender and region.

23% of people with mental illness report being discriminated against by their GP. [ref]

Over 1.5 million people in the UK with severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and severe depression are not getting the cost-effective, evidence-based treatment they need. As a result of not getting this treatment, people with severe mental illness:

. Die up to ten years younger compared with the rest of the population – not just from suicide but from preventable physical illnesses

. End up in prison, or homeless, because they have not received cost-effective treatments which could have prevented this

. Are without meaningful occupations and are more likely to depend on welfare benefits, because they haven’t had the right support

Rethink believes severe mental illness must be integral to the coalition government’s health policy if savings are able to be made in criminal justice and benefits bills.

Mental health is currently excluded from initiatives such as the Choice agenda and Payments by Results, but including mental health could deliver better services and better value.

The development of a new outcomes-based NHS framework is a golden opportunity to reduce deaths and improve recovery rates. For severe mental illness this means reducing suicide and death from physical conditions, cutting emergency readmissions and shortening the duration of untreated psychosis. It means increasing the information that carers have to support them, improving employment rates, improving crisis care and working for greater public acceptance of mental health issues.

via RETHINK – New GP survey shows most don’t have expertise to commission in mental health – politics.co.uk.

Posted by: carolg1849 | July 9, 2010

BBC iPlayer – All in the Mind: 29/06/2010

An interesting interview with Paul Burstow, minister in charge of mental health in the new coalition government

Listen quickly!!!  it doesn’t stay on here for long

BBC iPlayer – All in the Mind: 29/06/2010.

via BBC iPlayer – All in the Mind: 29/06/2010.

Posted by: carolg1849 | June 30, 2010

Making it Happen – Croydon

guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 29 June 2010 12.05 BST

In Control is working with Croydon Council to run ‘Making it Happen’, a new citizen leadership course. The programme will help people to gain the knowledge and skills to plan better futures for vulnerable people and their families in the London Borough.

The course covers topics such as:

– Why things are the way there are – understanding and relating to systems

– Creating the right support

– Making change happen locally and nationally

– Listening, learning, planning and creating together

It’s a free course for people who as a result of disability, illness, dependence on drugs or alcohol, or older age, need support to live the lives they want. It is also open to families, carers and other supporters.

For more information on this course and others similar, please contact the In Control Support Centre on 01564 821 650 or email adin@in-control.org.uk

Posted by: carolg1849 | June 28, 2010

Government urged to help carers

Article from the Belfast Telegraph

Government must do more to support carers, leading medics have said.

Dr Paul Darragh, chairman of the BMA’s Northern Ireland Council, spoke out as the body launched its policy ‘Supporting carers and young carers in Northern Ireland’.

He told the BMA’s annual conference in Brighton that the public sector expected too much from those caring for loved ones.

“Support for carers must be increased as a matter of urgency,” he said.

He told the conference there are around 185,000 people in Northern Ireland who provide help and support to frail or ill family and friends, saving huge sums of public money that would otherwise be deployed to do the same work.

Dr Darragh added: “Without doubt, carers make a significant and vital contribution to people’s lives and to society in general through their unselfish, caring actions.

“The health service also benefits enormously, not least due to the billions of pounds saved due to the unpaid care these individuals give.”

He said the BMA believed there is an excessive burden placed on carers and that there is a huge reliance on informal carers.

The group claimed this was a consequence of inadequate funding of services in the community, which will only get worse in the current financial climate.

Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/health/government-urged-to-help-carers-14857327.html#ixzz0s8CQAn7J

It pays to remember what made you sad

20:00 12 April 2010 by Jessica Hamzelou

For similar stories, visit the Mental Health and The Human Brain Topic Guides

via It pays to remember what made you sad – life – 12 April 2010 – New Scientist.

via It pays to remember what made you sad – life – 12 April 2010 – New Scientist.

Posted by: carolg1849 | December 13, 2009

Carers advice – help for carers when caring becomes a crisis

When Caring becomes a Crisis

However much you like or love the person you care for, the emotional and physical demands of caring can be extremely stressful, especially if the person you are caring for is elderly, or has dementia, a chronic or terminal illness or a serious disability.

If you also live with the person you care for you may feel you have no time to relax and unwind and that your feelings of anger, frustration or resentment sometimes get out of control.

This section looks at some of the feelings carers have when they are under stress and suggests ways of dealing with them, including advice on taking a break, getting financial, practical and emotional support, and counselling.

If you ever feel you can’t cope with caring any more, or you are in despair or suicidal, you can ring The Samaritans -any time, any day of the year, night or day – on 0345 90 90 90. Your call will be charged at local rates. Alternatively, you can:

  • ring, write to or visit your local branch (in the phonebook under ‘Samaritans’)
  • send an e-mail on the Internet tojo@samaritans.orgor (anonymously) to samaritans@anon.twwells.com
  • use text phone on 0181 780 2521 or 01204 31122

Feelings

Everyone reacts differently to the stresses of caring, but when carers get together they often find that they share many of the same feelings. It can be very reassuring to talk to other carers and discover that your feelings are quite ‘normal’ for your situation.

Some of the most common feelings carers describe are:

  • frustration
  • resentment
  • guilt
  • anger
  • fear
  • loneliness
  • depression

Different ways of dealing with feelings like these are outlined below in the following sections.

Frustration

Any carer knows how frustrating it can be to look after someone who is ill or disabled. The demands of the daily routine of caring can leave you feeling constantly thwarted. For example, you might not be able to go out when you want to or to invite other people to visit you.

The person you are caring for may not always seem very grateful or acknowledge all the help you give them. If their health is gradually deteriorating you may find their increasing dependence on you frustrating and exasperating. The person you are caring for may be feeling frustrated too, of course.

They may have led a full and independent life before illness or disability struck. Between you, you need to find ways in which you can both feel as though you have some control over your lives. Perhaps you could arrange a regular break from caring or find a way in which you can lead slightly more separate lives. The person you are caring for may need to be allowed more independence or freedom, perhaps through extra outside help or additional aids or adaptations

Resentment

Resentment can be linked closely with frustration. It’s easy to feel resentful if all your time and energy seem to be taken up by someone else, especially if they do not seem to appreciate your help. People who are ill or in pain are not always easy to live with and this might make you feel even more resentful. Often you will have to cope with the conflicting emotions of love and resentment at the same time. It’s important not to let your resentment build up

Guilt

Most of us have feelings of guilt at times. We might feel that we have let someone down or not done as much as we could have done for them. Feelings of guilt can be especially strong in carers who often feel that however much they do, it never seems enough. This can be particularly difficult for people who look after one or both of their parents. You may feel that you ‘owe’ something to your parents that you can never pay back properly.

Try not to let any feelings of guilt get out of proportion by reminding yourself about what you have done that was good and positive for the person you are caring for. For example, you might have washed an elderly relative’s hair once a week for the past five years. You might wish you had done more for her but that one small weekly commitment might have made all the difference to her quality of life. Again, the best advice is to admit to your feelings of guilt and to try to get them out into the open. A close friend or family member might be able to reassure you, or perhaps someone outside the situation could help you get your feelings back into perspective.

Anger

You may feel very angry about your situation as a carer. You may have had to take on the role of caring unwillingly or at a difficult time of your life, for example, when you had small children to look after as well, or just as your career was about to take off, or just as you retired. Some carers find that their feelings of anger about the situation begin to be directed towards the person they are caring for rather than at the situation itself. This can lead to conflict and tension. Although some difficult days are to be expected – especially if you and the person you are caring for are with each other most of the time and perhaps not getting enough sleep – you do need to find a way of coping with your feelings of anger before they become impossible to control. If you can, talk with the person you are caring for about how you feel when you are angry and the things that make you feel especially angry.

They might be feeling angry with you too and between you you might be able to establish ways in which you can avoid clashes. If you can’t talk together, try to find someone else outside the situation to talk to.

Fear

Illness or disability can be frightening, especially if you feel you have no control over what’s happening. You might be afraid of the future, perhaps you don’t know how the person’s illness or disability will progress or you are worried that you will be left alone when the person you are caring for dies. Feelings of fear can keep you awake at night, when they often seem to magnify and become insurmountable in your mind. Remember that you can telephone The Samaritans during the night as well as during the day. Try to get your feelings of fear out into the open in the daytime by talking about them with someone you can trust. Often just talking is enough to make you feel better

Loneliness

It’s easy to become isolated if you are caring for someone, especially if the person you are caring for needs a lot of attention. Socialising might be right at the bottom of your list of priorities when you are having to cope with so many other apparently more urgent demands on your time. It might seem easier to stay in all the time and to avoid making any arrangements to see anyone else. But in the long term you may regret it. Loneliness is one of the biggest problems for carers. However difficult it may seem, try to make sure you see someone other than the person you are caring for at least once or twice a week. It could be someone in your family, an old friend, or perhaps someone from a local self-help or carers’ group. You might be surprised by the difference regular contact with people outside your situation can make to your life.

Depression

Most carers have bad days when they feel sad, lonely or anxious. This is especially likely if the person you are caring for demands a lot of attention or you are having interrupted nights. Most people find that the bad times don’t last for ever and that they are able to pick themselves up again after a few days. But if any of the feelings we have described above get out of control they can lead to depression. If you find that you often feel desperate or anxious, and that you don’t seem to be able to get back on an even keel, you need to get some help. It’s important not to struggle on to the point where you are unable to continue caring because you are too depressed. There’s nothing to be ashamed of – you are only feeling as you do because of your situation. Find someone you can talk to about how you feel. If you can’t talk to family members or friends, get some professional help, perhaps from your GP or a counsellor. If you ever need emotional support, you can ring The Samaritans on 0345 90 90 90.

Coping with feelings

This part looks at some ways of dealing with the most common emotions associated with caring, including:

  • identifying what it is you find
  • stressful
  • talking it over with someone you trust
  • getting counselling
  • using relaxation techniques
  • thinking about giving up caring.
  • Identifying what it is you find stressful

Try to find a few quiet moments to think about what it is that you find stressful. You might like to write down a list of the main causes. Or it might help to think about what you would say to another carer if they asked for your advice, it’s often easier to see solutions to other people’s problems than to your own. Once you have identified what it is you find stressful, try to think of any practical things you can do to overcome the causes. For example:

  • If you are not having enough time to yourself, try to think of ways in which you could have a regular or occasional break. Family or friends might be willing to take over from you for a few hours or you might be able to get a ‘sitter’ or respite care.
  • If you are worried about money, make sure you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to. The CNA’s CarersLine  or a local Citizen’s Advice Bureau can do a complete benefits check for you. If you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to, you might be able to get extra financial help from other sources such as charities or voluntary organisations. For example, if you are spending a lot of money on going to the launderette, you might be able to get a grant for a washing machine from the government or a charity.
  • If you are caring for someone at home and there are practical difficulties which are putting you under stress, you might be able to get some aids, equipment or adaptations to make life easier. Some of these might be available free of charge or for a small fee from your local authority. Contact your local authority and ask for an assessment for the person you are caring for.
  • If there is one thing you are finding especially difficult to cope with, there might be a specific organisation to help you deal with it. For example, if the person you are caring for is incontinent, you could get advice and support from the Continence Foundation(0191 213 0050). Ring the CNA’s CarersLine  to find out if there is an organisation which can help you.

Talking it over

One of the best ways of dealing with stress is to talk about it. However, many people find this difficult, perhaps because they:

  • think they are letting themselves down if they admit that they are under stress;
  • feel they will be betraying the person they are caring for if they talk about their problems to anyone else
  • are worried about breaking down and crying in front of someone else;
  • are not used to discussing their feelings with other people;
  • can’t see the point.

But if you don’t talk about how you feel, your feelings can easily get out of proportion. It’s surprising how much it can help just to have shared how you feel with someone. Who you talk to will depend on your situation. Try to choose someone you know you can trust and who will listen sympathetically.

This is not the time to be told to‘pull your socks up’. You need encouragement and support. For example, you might decide to talk to:

  • a member of your family – they may understand your situation best
  • a close friend – they may know you well enough to give you some honest advice
  • another carer – they may have experienced something very similar themselves
  • a GP or social worker – they may be very familiar with your situation and the needs of the person you are caring for
  • The Samaritans – you can talk to a trained volunteer in confidence about anything. Phone 0345 90 90 90 any time, day or night. Your call will be charged at local rates.

If you don’t know any other carers, think about joining a local carers’ group or a self-help group. You can find out more from CNA.

Getting counselling

If you find it difficult to talk about your feelings with someone you know, you might like to try counselling. Talking to a trained counsellor may help you explore aspects of your situation more openly and honestly than you can with people you know. A counsellor will not be involved in your situation and will be able to guarantee that whatever you say will be private and confidential.

A counsellor will not judge you or tell you what to do but will help you look at your life and your relationships in a way that you might not have done before, so that you can see things more clearly and respond differently to your situation. Having counselling is not a sign of failure, it’s a first positive step towards getting help and feeling better about yourself and your life.

If you think that counselling would help you, you can:

Ask your GP

GPs can sometimes provide counselling themselves or they can refer patients for counselling on the NHS.

Contact a voluntary or charitable agency

There are lots of groups which offer counselling free of charge or for a small fee. The best known is probably Relate (counselling for relationship problems), but there are many others too, specialising in different kinds of counselling. Ask your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau for information about local groups or ring CNA’s CarersLine for information about national organisations which might offer counselling locally.

Pay a private counsellor

There are private counsellors all over the UK, some working within groups and others working independently. You can get a list of private counsellors in your area by sending an A5 stamped addressed envelope to:

British Association for Counselling,
1 Regent Place,
Rugby
CV21 2PJ.

Check what the fees are before you book anything as private counselling can be very expensive.

Ring the Samaritans

You can talk to a trained volunteer in confidence about anything.

Phone 0345 90 90 90 any time day or night.
Your call will be charged at local rates.

Using relaxation techniques

Our reactions to stress are rooted in a primitive response to physical attack, when our bodies needed to prepare us for `flight or fight’. Unfortunately, our bodies respond to modern stress in the same way. A long period of stress can result in exhaustion, migraines, aches and pains, digestive problems and a low resistance to infections. Constantly having these symptoms is in itself stressful and so the cycle continues.

Eventually even the most minor setback is likely to cause extreme anger or a flood of tears. When this happens, your body is giving you a warning that it can’t go on. Carers often say that they can’t slow down because of the person they care for, but if you don’t slow down, your body may do it for you by forcing you to take a rest because of a major illness.

One very important way of dealing with this stress cycle is to learn how to relax. You can do this through:

  • relaxation techniques
  • exercise.

Relaxation techniques
One of the good things about your body is that you can encourage it to become more relaxed. You can do this with special breathing exercises:

  • Sit or lie comfortably on the floor (or in bed or the bath if it’s the only time you get to yourself).
  • Breathe in, count one, then breathe out, counting one. Breathe in, count one, two, then breathe out, counting one, two.
  • Keep going slowly and regularly until you get to five (or even ten if you can manage it).

The aim is to empty your mind of everything but your deep and regular breathing. Saying the numbers means that your brain can’t focus on anything else. If you find unwanted thoughts start to creep in, start breathing again at‘one’ and try again. With enough practice it will eventually become second nature and you will be able to relax whenever you need to.

Many local colleges offer day and evening classes in relaxation techniques and relaxation activities like yoga and aromatherapy. Your local library should have details. If getting out is difficult, you might be able to arrange for a ‘sitter’ to take over from you once a week.

Exercise
Vigorous physical exercise can also help you relax. The physical effort helps to unwind tight muscles with the result that your body feels more relaxed afterwards and you have a general feeling of well-being. Being fitter can also help you to cope with the physical demands of caring. Any kind of vigorous exercise will help – walking briskly, swimming, cycling or a keep fit class. Again, your local library should have details of what is available locally.

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