Getting yourself off the couch??

LeeAnn - posted on 05/28/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Okay, so for the last 16 years, I have yet to find a medicine combination that works for me and makes me "normal". I still go through manic and manic depressive stages. I'm having a really bad depression phase right now to where I don't want to go anywhere or do anything. To boot, I have a gym membership that I got during one of my manic phases and I'm paying monthly for it. How can I get myself motivated and stop wasting the money on the gym? Do anyone have any little tricks that they use?

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Shannon - posted on 02/13/2011

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hi, my husband has bipolor and ocd as my 10 year old son i have panick disordor. my husband is on lamicatal wich is a life savor trust me. i have become ocd along with my panic issues instead of a gym get some yoga taps or even if you have wii get just dance. my husnand and i ae both on colonzipin wich works great. the last 8 years og my life has not been easy, i broke my hip i was the one the worked rich has always been disabled . we lost one home to forclosure the other to a fire. and for years i came across as the strong one but inside i was scared and i felt like i could do nothing rigt but the last 2 years have been aamzing it started living in the hotel with my 3 kids.
i relized that all my life i was just floating i would wake up worrying what was gonna get shut off and not do anything couse it was to overwhelming then calling my family for help wich mad me feel even worse, in that hotel i relized if i wanted to change then i needed to put aleast one foot on the ground and take it day by day. i started by waking up and saying thankyou that my kids were healthy then i would say i am worth something and that i was greatful. rich and i for the frist year asked no one for help it was hard being on a limited income . i would 3x a day say to myself i was smart i was strong ,we found a great place it was hard the kids had to leave there friends but 2 years later we are better off then we had been for 15 years. medication helps trust me but the other part is believing in yourself it is such a nice feeling when i wake up not having to worry about if my phone will be shut off or my cable . i found ways of getting theses things on a limited income
we put so much negitvity out there thats usally what we get back i also trained myself to think positive.the universe gives you singes and when you do not listen it gives you bigger singes .you can right me and i can tell you more how i got from nothing to know if you would like
shannon

Linda - posted on 07/01/2009

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Hi LeeAnn, I have the same problem about the couch, especially since I have a nice laptop tabletop to pull up onto my tummy as I lean back and flip my legs out. I was on FlyLady.net the other day, and although I got totally OCD about reading the whole site in one sitting (which I wouldn't recommend...talk about feeling overwhelmed!), I think if I go back and really do what she says, taking baby steps as she directs, it could work for me. Right now, my hubbie is laid off so he and the kids are underfoot, so I just feel more like hibernating behind the computer screen. Maybe FlyLady could be a help for you. Let me know. The site was recommended by our psychiatrist, as 3 in our household suffer from ADHD, including me plus my OCD/bipolar stages!

Diane - posted on 06/20/2009

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Hi LeeAnn- sorry I've not replied before now- the end of the school year (with 3 graduations this year) has made life crazy.

I have a suggestion for you- try to remember to make the 1st step only ONE step. Don't tie starting to exercise with getting back out into the world. That would seem overwhelming to anyone. Start with getting some get-up-and-go. Head off an a weekend morning to a yard or rummage sale- small time commitment, and easy place to start up a conversation. If you get to feel overwhelmed, you can leave, but don't go home. Try something else- maybe visit the pet store and play with a pooch or two. It's good for your mood, and it starts your brain rethinking about retreating to home all the time. Your house may seem like a haven but can become your prison.

Take baby steps- outside, with others, talking with people, exercise- those can be approached separately.

Also, people can be very understanding, if you explain your situation. After a particularly bad time, I told a neighbor I was getting back on my feet after an "illness", and needed to start being more "mobile". I asked to borrow her dog to walk, which got me out, and strangers are willing to strike up conversations at the park, etc. I'm a big fan of keeping contact with the world- its an important part of my mental health :)

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