Feb 2016 Video Diary

Tips & Tricks from a Survivor

When I am speaking people often come up to me afterwards asking me for my advice or suggestions as to how they, or someone they know, can deal with similar problems. Always wanting to help I thought this idea of me keeping a video diary for a month might be a good way of passing on some of what I have learnt.

Throughout  February 2016 I will be recording a twice daily video diary documenting the issues I face each and every day with my disabilities. Viewers will see in real time how I change and adapt my days to get past my ongoing mental and physical challenges – legacies left from the Paddington Train Crash – so others may learn from my strategies how they too can lead a satisfying and fulfilling life.

Over the years since the Crash I have had to learn how to adapt to a life with chronic PTSD, severe arthritis and a compromised immune system.  These are things you can’t run away from or get rid of, you have to learn how to accept and weave a new life incorporating them. I was lucky enough to be able to afford great doctors, one of the country’s top psychiatrists and a world class psychologist to learn the strategies I now use. Not everyone can.

Although there is help out there, I hope that by conducting this project, others who may be struggling, haven’t or can’t afford to ask for help, or may not realise why they find day to day life so hard, will pick up tips, tricks or new ideas on how to move on to a happier, more  rewarding life. I also want to reach out to people who may be feeling isolated by their conditions or worries over daily life. I am just an ordinary person with a fairly ordinary life though my occupation is slightly different from the norm.  I hope that any viewer who sees and can identify with this will easily translate any tips they find valuable into their own life.

Depressive Illness: The Curse of the Strong – Leaflet  by Dr Tim Cantopher, Consultant Psychiatrist. To read more you can get his book of the same name from Amazon.

My Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Chart

My CBT Chart

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