I've finished therapy... what now?

If you’re feeling happier and confident, and your life looks positive, now is the time to make sure you make your new strategies a habit, and to use your confidence and positivity to take your life in the direction that you want.

Prevention is better than cure. What do you know now that keeps problems away? Here are some things people can find helpful:

  • Exercise
  • Healthy food
  • Enjoyable activities and hobbies
  • Spending time with friends
  • Limit alcohol use to the recommended limit
  • Get enough sleep

Have a look at www.actionforhappiness.org for tips on staying happy, and look at their 10 tips for happy living, practical suggestions, videos, guidebooks and community.

Think back to your therapy at Inclusion Matters. Try to remember what small everyday things you learned made a real difference to your life. Are these still part of everyday life? How can you keep them part of your life? Make them a habit – do them daily or weekly as part of your routine, as normal as making a cup of tea. The more of a habit become the less effort it is to remember to include them in your life.

Have a look at this website for lots of tips and information on how to stay happier, and prevent problems getting a grip. There are video clips, pictures and talks as part of the free training courses they offer. www.llttf.com

You may have tried meditation, yoga or mindfulness before, and want to continue this to try to prevent set backs, and to help you continue enjoying your life more. Or you may have heard about mindfulness and want to see what it’s all about. Mindful meditation has been found to be a good way to prevent depression coming back. You can find out more, and find local classes on these links:

www.mindfulnet.org and www.bemindful.co.uk

If you want to find out more about what mindfulness is, there are youtube tutorials and examples of meditations online on these links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5Fa50oj45s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAy_3Ssyqqg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMsUGB_KV7s

If you don't already have a relapse prevention plan, there is a useful guide to making your own on this link:

http://issuu.com/cedar_university_of_exeter/docs/relapse_prevention_website

 

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