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Run, swim, cook: new prescription for happiness

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Running, swimming and cooking; these are what Bella Mackie, Isabel Hardman and Ella Risbridger did to overcome the challenging moments in their lives. For many people a chronic mental health condition is never quite cured so much as managed, by learning to recognise the early signs of the fog descending and doing whatever you can to stave it off. Hence the hunger for practical ways to keep yourself out of the doctor’s surgery, which cost next to nothing and should be accessible to most people in possession of a saucepan or a pair of trainers, which this new genre of self-help books is tapping into.
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Another thing to add is what David Cameron raised a decade ago - the concept of general wellbeing, or the idea that politicians should seek to raise and sustain the happiness of the nation in the same concerted way they have traditionally sought to raise GDP.
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keeping active can be great for mental health. But government has a role to play as well
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Simple things work to get out of the pit. I beat depression by cycling to work every day, i joined a dance class, i batch cook regularly, i cuddle my cat. A friend once banged on my door for half an hour til i let her in because i wouldn't answer her calls. She made me a cuppa, shoved me in the shower and took me out for a drive to the forest. I sat in a log and howled. The next day i got on my bike and started all over again.
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If you're able bodied, and financially able to afford these things, it's fine. Unfortunately, life for increasing numbers of people just doesn't stretch to embracing these kinds of changes. Nobody writes about strategies for them, and often they go untreated.
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I have been plagued all my life with the black dog. I have joined a gym. That is helping enormously. Drawing shuts up my overactive brain and taking a supplement called Inositol, cheap and available in every health store, has calmed my anxiety.
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How about addressing the cause(s), instead of continually using distraction and calling it “good”...
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Should also include singing in a choir.
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Walk every day , dance ( on own or with others ) garden - get hands in soil , cook , clear clutter , or clean house , these things help me a lot !
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And walk and sing and visit the corner shop for a smile and a chat.
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Yes. For me, it's reading, yoga, strength training, crochet and cooking. Needless to say, since i let some of these slide my mental health has suffered. I'd love to add in the outdoor swimming.
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Mental Health Occupational Therapists have been advocating for this for a long time.
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Mine is the gym, the less I get there the worse I feel. Time is the major issue but it’s all about starting somewhere with making changes, then it builds and the little things seem less important.
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Don’t think it’s something new, it’s something I’ve done all my life to keep my head above water!
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