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The Black Dog... WHO Mental Health Day (Read 59018 times)

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Well done Chris - for posting and jogging.
I've nearly posted up a few times before but always managed to pretty much reel things back from where they were going.

Last week I started getting angry at people - in a fairly irrational way (though anger often isnt rational I guess!) - even more than usual. This culminated in a shouting standoff with someone (badly) parked at the car park near Blackstone in Sat - after I'd just had a very good and theraputic bouldering session (EG should have been at my most chilled). I was probably more 'snarky' on here than usual too - sorry. There was also the cycle of not sleeping then not sleeping because I was not sleeping.

This week I feel much better - the lockdown has reduced alot of the uncertainty of the last couple of weeks. Uncertainty in terms of how work works (for me and MrsTT), how school will (not) work, how shopping and home life will work etc.. even how climbing outside will end for now. I now feel like I have a set of rules and constraints within which I can plan. This has helped me see the positive in alot of things (even HIIT :D ) rather than descend into the spiral of mire that last week was. Sleeping has improved by moving to a different room (has helped MrsTT sleep too) and now 9-5 or whatever it was has disappeared - the daily structure and NEED to get sleep between 10 and 6 has relaxed.

I thought this post when it came from me would be a bit more of an outpouring - but its not left my fingers that way ~ which is probably a positive sign. I'll bet these last few weeks have not been easy for anyone - and hope you are all OK out there.

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After several years of hinting at this, Dave MacLeod's experience with diet and mental health.



In August last year I started to suffer with IBS.  This required dietary changes.  The main change was no gluten.  A side effect was improved mood which I noticed dipped again if I ate gluten.  Anyway the improvement has been startling.  It was not something I expected so did a little research.  I know this is only anecdotal but there you go.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6266949/

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Well done Chris - for posting and jogging.......I thought this post when it came from me would be a bit more of an outpouring - but its not left my fingers that way ~ which is probably a positive sign. I'll bet these last few weeks have not been easy for anyone - and hope you are all OK out there.

Seconded that. My bipolar pal in Malaysia is saying things are weird but in some ways (maybe being used to controls) he is coping better than he expected. Do to their lockdown he can only jog around his block of flats!  Working from home is OK with him he can stop and start when he wants and support his elderly parents better. Not going out also stops him facing the constant social stigma... as many problems as we have in the UK, things are still a lot worse elsewhere.

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Stay strong everyone. We're all in this boat together, let's try and focus on the positives.
Spending more time with the family has actually brought us closer (even the 15yo has been exceptionally pleasant!).
A prospective 3 months of fingerboarding and core can only help in the long run.
The weather has been great, so the crags may well be nice and dry when we can get back on them.
Pollution levels have dropped, the sky seems clearer at night.
The NHS is finally getting the recognition it deserves (along with all the other key workers - shop staff, delivery drivers etc).

Look for the silver lining. If all you see is clouds, shout. You will be heard

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I don't often post (indeed don't think ever on this thread) but having suffered on and off for 40 odd years, I'd just like to say you folks are fantastic.
Stay well.