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Anyone doing self help activities?

Posted by zazenduck on May 11, 2006, at 8:40:55

I read about coloring therapy on another mental health forum and decided to give it a try. In theory it is a way to meditate and you concentrate on coloring the mandala and achieve bliss. Well maybe not bliss but at least a state of relaxation. So I downloaded a mandala and went out and bought a set of markers. But it just didn't work for me.

I've been trying a lot of self help things. I think anything is better than doing nothing. I think it's good to humble myself anyway by trying things that don't really appeal to me. I did some exercises from the Work of Katie Byron and they DID help. I'm ready to accept help from an ex-real estate salesperson or a coloring book or anything else. I listen to Bach for at least 30 minutes a day. I really believe my brain is changing.

 

Re: Anyone doing self help activities? zazenduck

Posted by orchid on May 11, 2006, at 13:24:22

In reply to Anyone doing self help activities?, posted by zazenduck on May 11, 2006, at 8:40:55

Any form of self help can be used to supplement therapy.

And they do help.

 

Re: Anyone doing self help activities?

Posted by zazenduck on May 11, 2006, at 15:37:50

In reply to Re: Anyone doing self help activities? zazenduck, posted by orchid on May 11, 2006, at 13:24:22

I agree. Thanks for answering me. I am just trying to find things that I like and can make part of my life. Do you have any favorite activities?

I would especially like to find things on the internet and self help therapy homework exercises etc. I already have the Marsha Linehan worksheets.

 

Re: Anyone doing self help activities? zazenduck

Posted by orchid on May 11, 2006, at 16:48:01

In reply to Re: Anyone doing self help activities?, posted by zazenduck on May 11, 2006, at 15:37:50

I haven't done any of the psychological self-help things from the net or from books, though I have read couple of books which are pretty good. I can't remember their name on top of my head - I think one was "learned optimism" and another CBT workbook, and another one for sexual abuse - all three prescribed by my second T.

Other than that, I read some things on the net from time to time - usually when I am struggling with a particular issue, I try to find some info on the net relevant to that.

Listening to music helps - a lot of old songs from my language and our national language - I like. And movies - I like good ones. And off late, I am watching Who wants to be a millionaire, Jerry Seinfield, Friends, Law & Order, Tom & Jerry cartoons, couple of my local language TV channels, and read books. Cooking also helps. Just general stuff. It doesn't all have to be branded self-help. But general things which will help you have a good mood works even better from what I have found.

 

Re: Anyone doing self help activities? zazenduck

Posted by ClearSkies on May 12, 2006, at 21:10:53

In reply to Anyone doing self help activities?, posted by zazenduck on May 11, 2006, at 8:40:55

My therapist and I are using The Work in my treatment. I am getting a lot of benefit from just writing stuff down - not really journalling, since it is specific.
But just getting the thoughts cast out and clarified on paper is a big help.

p.s. I have a colouring book too but have trouble staying inside the lines.


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