We welcomed the Telford Primary Care Wellbeing Service, South Staffs and Shropshire NHS at Meeting Point House for our open forum, Feeling Good!. The event was aimed at helping us to focus on maintaining our mental wellbeing.
Atiyah Ali and Henry Sawdon-Smith talked about how we tend to neglect our emotional health and focus on our physical well being.
They started off the morning by asking attendees to complete a ‘Mood Quiz’ which helps to determine if people are suffering from anxiety or low mood at a level where they could benefit from some support from the Primary Care Service, if they wish to do so.
Help could include a range of options, including counselling in person or by telephone, group therapy and by using online resources.
We discussed symptoms of low mood and anxiety, and considered loss of motivation, feeling troubled, apathy, loss of appetite, feeling afraid, loss of self esteem, feeling angry, tearful or ashamed, addictions, self harm and suicidal thoughts.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way. It is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. For example you might think that you cannot cope leaving you to feel anxious, tired and tense. You may then avoid going out and connecting with people, and in turn this makes you feel even worse and trapped in a hopeless cycle. With help you can learn to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel. Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.
What can you do?
- Identify your problem and come up with possible solutions, then break down your solution into manageable parts.
- Try not to worry about problems over which you have no control such as other people’s behaviour.
- Challenge unhelpful thoughts such as ‘I can’t join in’ or ‘nobody likes me’.
- Recognise your qualities and achievements.
- Try breathing exercises, meditation, taking regular exercise, hobbies and keeping busy.
- Seek the company or family, friends or social groups.
- Talk to your GP
- or contact the Primary Care Wellbeing Service