Going out to dinner

I feel much better today, don’t feel sick any more. Thank god!

I am going out to dinner tonight. I am going out with a few friends from the basement club. We also invited the old staff members, the 3 old staff members are coming with us. It should be a fun night.

We’re going to a nice hotel, we’ll be eating in the restaurant in the hotel.

I hope they’ll have nice things on the menu. I’ll probably get a starter and main course. I asked my friend Denise to meet me there at six PM.

I will have an enjoyable night I am sure. 😀 ❤

Unstable emotional state

today I am feeling down. Thank god Eileen has offered me a phone check in later on this evening. I need it. I woke up feeling very off. I just felt like I couldnt do anything, go anywhere, I felt like I wouldnt accomplish anything today. And I really didnt. I canceled art therapy with Emily. I canceled going in to the basement club. I even canceled dinner tonight with friends. I just feel like I need to stay home. I need to do some sootheing activities. Some self care. I need to look after myself. Im not sure if its after effects from giving a statement to the police last night. It could be I guess. I felt like that went ok though. But I dont know, I just feel unstable today. I guess I just need some down time to recover. Thats ok too I guess. I’ve gone back home now to my own house, as I have my PA amanda tomorrow morning. So I need to be here for her. I am planning on going to the gym tomorrow morning. I havent been there in ages. I need to get back to it. Tomorrow seems as good a time as any to start going again.

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All quiet on this thursday!

so we had a quiet thursday! we usually go to the basement club on thursdays, but we didnt go today. i rang in and told the staff i wouldnt be in. the weather was poor, its very cold and lots of rain so I decided to just stay indoors!
I had been at moms, my sister dropped me back to my own house earlier today. I’ve done absolutely nothing all day! Just had a very relaxing day watching tv, reading and being online!
It is good as tomorrow it is busy around here! Tomorrow my PA will come, I will go to the gym, get my money from the ATM, clean house, and also go volunteering!
I was sorry to have to miss the recovery group and the creative writing group this week but these things happen! I wasnt going to risk not being able to get a taxi home! Plus my friend norma normally goes in with me and we half the expense of the taxi between us. Well she didnt go in today either!
There’s always next week for the groups. Today I just needed a sorta mental health self care day!

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Groups

Today I have been at the basement club all day. I attended some recovery groups there.

In the morning I went to a creative writing class. It was really good. It lasted an hour and a half. We used story cubes and we made up a story from the prompts on the cubes. We also did a get to know each other exercise. And at the end of class the tutor gave us some photographs, and we were to use one of them to form a character for a story. She also had a handbag containing a bunch of items, which represented a character, and when she had us go through the items and then we were to jot down some things that we thought were true about this character.

In the afternoon I went to discovering recovery. That’s a new group that is running at the basement club. It was really interesting. We talked about what mental health recovery means to us. We talked about what hinders us in our recovery, and about what works for us. We also made out ground rules. The group is going to last for 8 weeks. It was so interesting. That group this afternoon also lasted for an hour and a half.

I am totally enjoying being part of the community again at the basement club. I do have to say I really love how the new staff have a few new recovery groups put in place for us. The groups are really helpful. I am finding I am getting a lot of support now from the new staff too which is nice. I am glad I stuck with them and gave them a chance. They really did turn out to be nice people and good to work with too.

They are now emailing me info about events, as well as texting on info to me. The new coordinator is really disability aware which is nice. She goes out of her way to ensure that myself and my friend norma have what we need to access the service.

Its great. I’m so appreciative that she does that for us. It is helpful as we’re unable to read the printed material which is up on the notice board for everyone.

Its been a good day. I’m tired now but its a nice tired. A contented tired.

Spent the day at the basement club

so I spent the day at the basement club. I went to a meeting that was being held. It was to try and form a social committee. We havent decided on who is going to do what yet though, we’re just forming it at the moment.
I also went to a recovery group that started today. It will be an 8 week group exploring some different aspects of recovery. Like self care, dealing with triggers, dealing with emotions, on hope and trust, relationships and connection, etc. It sounds like it will be a good group. Some of the members of the group are new to the basement club, so it will be a good opportunity to get to know them.
I plan on going to the basement club every thursday, and spending the entire day there. I also went to lunch with a few members. We went to a little cafe across the street from the basement club. It was really nice and they served lovely panini’s.
So I had a good day. I am just going to relax now for the rest of the evening. I dont have anything else that needs to be done. I am happy I went out today. I achieved my goal of socialising with others. That makes me happy.

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Todays goals!

Today I have only a few goals. Mostly my goal today is to get out of the house. After the accident and all I’ve been stuck in the house all week. If I wasnt in the house then I was running around with my mom and sister trying to sort things out after the accident. So today I am going to have some me time. I am going out. Going to the basement club. There is a recovery group starting there today. A holistic recovery group. I am also going to a meeting about us forming a social committee. My friend Norma is also going with me. She recently joined the basement club. So I am picking her up at 10:30 and we’re going down there together. It should be a nice day. So other than doing that I dont have too much else I want to do today. All I really want to do is socialise with others. If I can do that today I’ll be very happy and I will consider that an achievement.

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still feel off

Still dont feel great. I did go out, I went to the basement club. I did host lunch there today. That went ok. I managed to talk to the coordinator about an issue I had to discuss with her. A friend of mine whose also blind wanted to join the basement club, but she knows and has worked with the coordinator in the past, and she was thinking that might be an issue, so she asked me to ask her, which I did, and no, there is no issue. So thats good. I did enjoy being at the basement club. It got me out of the house, it distracted me a little bit from my own thoughts and feelings. I needed that. NowI am home its back to overthinking everything. I just am not feeling good this afternoon. I dont know what to do with myself. I feel agitated and kinda overstimulated. I guess I’ll go read some blogs. I need to try to catch up on them. I’m way behind in my blog reading lately.
carol anne

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