Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by jawafour » Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:20 am

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Johnny Ryall » Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:00 pm

Yeah definitely try and get outside dude even if it's just around the block once a day. Staying inside for an entire weekend makes me anxious so 5 days can't be good.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by jawafour » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:03 pm

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by still » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:41 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-41445840

^BBC has been posting a series of these articles. May help some people??

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by still » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:42 am

jawafour wrote:
Johnny Ryall wrote:Yeah definitely try and get outside dude...

Thanks, man. I was outside doing some gardening work for a few hours and I think it did me a lot of good.


Gardening work always does you good!

We should have a GRcade gardening topic! Er, maybe not....

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Green Gecko » Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:17 am

Some people talk about gardening in the DIY topic btw. But yes it's very good if you can't face the street. I've ended up weeding for hours.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Saigon Slick » Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:40 am

jawafour wrote:I’ve been in a “dip” for the past couple of weeks. It’s not a new scenario as these phases have come and gone for many years now. The current one doesn’t match some of the all-enveloping dark periods of the past but it is still having an impact. I have been avoiding social interaction and, well, doing almost anything, really. Outwardly, I’m still pretty positive but internally I’m just beating myself up for being useless.

I’ve not been outside in five days but I have gotta get out there now. Hopefully the fresh air will help and the change will give me a little boost as well. Small steps.


Do you work from home Jawa?

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by jawafour » Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:53 am

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Saigon Slick » Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:03 pm

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Corazon de Leon wrote:Do you work from home Jawa?

I’m out of work at the moment, Cora, and have been for a while now. It was great at first but I’ve sat around burning through money and now I’m panicking a little because I will need to be back in work pretty soon and yet I’m doing zero about it.

I gotta shake myself up and get going again.


Ah, apologies if that was a sore point. Perhaps it's worth pushing yourself even to apply for a job every week while you're going through this rough patch - it may help you get back into employment and will make you feel like you've achieved something for the time you've spent creating applications etc. What is your industry, if you don't mind me asking?

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Green Gecko » Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:18 pm

I've been trying really hard to get up at 7am and eat breakfast, managed to for 5 days straight but every other day I nap for a few hours on the sofa. Really need to listen to the idea of playing some games for even 3hrs to stay awake, surely that's the best thing ever? I can do that and work at 11am or whatever. At least until it gets easier.

For anyone that does work at home because of issues or circumstances or whatever I do recommend working somewhere public at least 1 day a week, I'm already putting it off each week though. Isolation and motivation is ridiculously hard when your body and mind just says, strawberry float it I want to be a cocoon for another few hours.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by jawafour » Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:45 pm

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Green Gecko » Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:53 pm

Ideally I would have a workshop/studio elsewhere but strawberry float me is it expensive. Gives me an incentive to grow though, not that I'm looking forward to the majority of my earnings going to a 2nd lease. At least I get the same tax relief.

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by still » Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:16 pm

jawafour wrote:
Corazon de Leon wrote:Ah, apologies if that was a sore point. Perhaps it's worth pushing yourself even to apply for a job every week... What is your industry, if you don't mind me asking?

No worries, Cora - I need to give myself a boot up the backside and start applying for stuff. I used to work in the banking industry - project and support work rather than branch banking - but I definitely do not want to return to that. Literally no idea what, though.

Green Gecko wrote:I've been trying really hard to get up at 7am and eat breakfast, managed to for 5 days straight... For anyone that does work at home because of issues or circumstances or whatever I do recommend working somewhere public at least 1 day a week...

Top stuff for getting into that regular routine, Gecko! I am cautious about working from home - it suits some people but, for me, I prefer to keep my home a separate place from work - even though the travel can sometimes be a pain. Different strokes for different folks, though.


Surely you need to get into something with a creative side??

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Johnny Ryall » Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:11 pm

Been having a pretty crap week myself just trapped inside my own head. I know I have good spells and bad spells though so I'll wait it out. A good work friend cracked this joke that honestly is pretty true "you know how some people are glass half full/glass half empty. Mate your glass has been nicked, it's gone."

I am going to make an effort to stop being so dead pan because I think it is being mistaken for being mean. :)

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by jawafour » Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:25 pm

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Johnny Ryall » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:14 pm

jawafour wrote:
still wrote:Surely you need to get into something with a creative side??

Yeah, I’d really like to do something that has at least a degree of a creative bent, still.

Johnny Ryall wrote:Been having a pretty crap week myself just trapped inside my own head. I know I have good spells and bad spells though so I'll wait it out...

It’s a strange feeling isn’t it, Johnny? You kinda know yourself that a darker period has arrived but it often feels like you can’t dig yourself out if it. Maybe you could do a couple of things that take your mind of it for a while? It sounds silly but, for me, I can play PES during those times because I have to totally concentrate and I can forget about other crappy stuff for a while. Hope you find something that does it for you, dude.


I went a run and didn't stop until my Fitbit said 10K which is a PB now! Alas when you're sat in an office at 1pm saying to yourself "oh strawberry float me 4 more hours of this" you can't take off and run but I feel good now. :-)

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by jawafour » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:33 pm

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by still » Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:22 pm

Nicked from the Guardian games page:-

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/ ... s-calm-app

One of the clearest explanations of the benefits of mindfulness meditation under the paragraph 'the benefits of....) Don't get me wrong, meditation is something I should do not what I do. I have tried on and off in the past but I have the attention span of a gnat - the very thing mindfulness can help with!! I think what I need is a group to sit with on a weekly basis rather than just trying on my lonesome...

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PostRe: Depression, Anxiety, or other Mental Health Conditions
by Green Gecko » Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:48 pm

You can practice mindfulness for just 2 or 3 minutes per day and still have mental health benefits though as it starts to change the brain and patterns of thought, without deliberately trying to control thoughts (which is what most people get wrong about meditation). I definitely think it has helped. And it has even helped me overcome body aches and strains on occasion. Pretty cool feeling when your body is just letting go for a few minutes.

I also went to chiropractor recently due to neck problems. First time I got an adjustment to my lower back. It was bizarre the degree of relief, it actually made me laugh out loud like a nutcase and I got dizzy (may have been left over tranquilliser). But for the next few days I felt like I could spin my legs on the joints like some crazy dance man.

I've been resting a LOT. I think sometimes you need to turn attention to physical wellbeing if you spend so much time caught up in thoughts, as they are linked, and we really shouldn't consider the two separate.

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