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Anytime!!!!!!!!! :)

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Karen, the only person's emotions, reactions, actions and thoughts you are responsible for are yours. How people react when you do what is right for you without harming others is THEIR issue, not yours. It's a hard lesson to learn, but it will come with time. Give it some time. Believe me, it will eventually get easier and guilt free. :)



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I like the things not to do list as well as the things to do.
And the list of rights. I think sometimes, when I am feeling entitled, I encroach on my significant other's or my mother's rights a little bit. That was good for me to see. As much as it is good for me to see my own need to feel the right to have my moments. I, in turn, may want to allow those closest to me to also have their moments.

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Irene, I'm as honoured to help out as you are happy that I am sharing. Believe me, to help out like this is a dream come true. :) Also, dollar stores are great for buying pretty and nice sized journals IF you want a design on one. But if you like those ones you are talking about better, that's the beauty of journaling. Everybody has their own preference and own design. Kinda like life!

Sheri Adams :)

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Good Morning - I have been printing out your instructions - I put them in a word document - save and print. Now I will have them for a long time.

As for books for Journaling - don't know about Canada - but here in the States school is just about getting ready to start and all the stores - WalMart, Target and I am sure others, have the Composition & Spiral Notebooks on SALE - they make great books for journaling. The composition books are in many colors, keep track of the dates on the front cover. I just bought a few the other day, going to get a few more. Besides journaling I also use them for taking notes at meetings/workshops/seminars.

Thank you for sharing these lessons w/us... emoticon

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I am honoured to be able to help. I've been part of courses like this off and on for about 16 years. I have dozens of books and such that over time I would like to work with. Things like Affirmations, Visual Jars, and so on. I'm glad you are going to like it.
I do suggest you print out the list of supplies. I'll give everybody a week and then start the first lesson. So be prepared.

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This is a great idea. I am working on something like this. It will be good to have extra input. Thanks. I need all the help I can get with coping skills. I only wish I could apply them in all areas and when I need them the most. I do an OK job until I am really weak and then I have to ask for help.

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Thanks for taking the time to post and share all of this wonderful information:-) It really sounds like a great idea:-) emoticon emoticon

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Just a huge THANK YOU for this - they say, everything shows up just when you need it - and this is perfect for me.

After a little over 3 years of stress with being the "go-fer" schlepper and johnny-on-the-spot person that will be called to get this and that - or whatever . My stress level, in addition to feelings of resentment I found a Caregivers Support group that I will be going to this week. And - for me today - though you posted this yesterday - your post shows up in my email box. What a blessing. Thanks again. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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This is an ongoing course I am part of at my local Canadian Mental Health Association that I thought would be extremely beneficial here. I'm further along than you so I will be doing this is segments as well.

Here's an overview:

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan was developed by a group of people who had been dealing with difficult feelings and behaviors for many yyears, people working to feel better and get on with their lives.

WRAP will:
1. Help you stay as well as possible
2. Help you keep track of difficult feelings and behaviors, and develop action plans to help you feel better.
3. Tell others what to do for you when you are feeling so badly that you can't make decisions, take care of yourself and keep yourself safe.

You can also use WRAP to address other life issues LIKE:
-Chronic or acute illness
-Addictions
-Breaking bad habits
-Caring for an ill or elderly family member
-Trying out new interests

WHAT YOU NEED:
3-Ring Binder with lined paper
or
Any typical lined paper notebook

You may want to use your computer as a back up copy.
I use a mini one to take with me wherever I go so if I'm away from home, I have it with me at all times. My mini is in a book 4X6 inches. The main part of my WRAP is in a 3ring Binder with pages to come easy.

As you learn about and go through WRAP, you may want to have a friend and other supports in place for days when you struggle. Every city/town etc., has distress lines, family, friends or family of friends. There is always somebody going to be there for you when you are down.

Key Recovery Concepts:
HOPE
PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
EDUCATION
SELF-ADVOCACY
SUPPORT

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
You are the expert on yourself. You know what you need and want. It is up to you to take personal responsibility for your own wellness and your own life. Sometimes this means taking back control that you have lost in the past.

Those of us who take back this control and accept this responsibility achieve the highest levels of wellness, happiness, and life satisfaction.

YOU can educate yourself by:
-Attending workships, lectures and support groups (for this group, that means copying all the material and doing the homework)
-Reviewing educational resources (articles, books, newsletters, audio and video tapes) that may relate to these topics
-Checking mental health sites on the Internet
-Contacting mental health organizations
-Talking to others who have similar experience and those who have expertise in this field

SELF-ADVOCACY
You can become and effective advocate for yourself by:
-Believing in yourself
-Knowing your rights and insisting that they are respected (see the following Bill of Rights)
-setting persoanl goals and working toward meeting them by:
- Getting the Facts
- Planning your strategy
- Gathering support
- Targeting your efforts

Self-advocacy means...
"Going for it" with courage, persistence, and determination; expressing y ourself clearly and calmly until you get what you need for yourself.


BILL OF RIGHTS


YOUR BILL OF ASSERTIVE RIGHTS

1. You have the right to put yourself first sometimes.
2. You have the right to make mistakes and be responsible for them.
3. You have the right to your own opinions and convictions.
4. You have the right to change your mind.
5. You have the right to protest unfair treatment or critcism.
6. You have the right to feel and express pain.
7. You have the right to receive formal recognition for your work.
8. You have the right not to have to justify yourself to others.
9. You have the right to be alone.
10. You have the right to ask for help or emotional support.
11. You have the right to choose not to be assertive.

We will begin the class in a few days. It's the weekend so I just wanted to introduce you to the main concepts. For now you can:

Begin by devloping a list of your WELLNESS TOOLS.
These are the things you do to keep yourself well, and the things you do to help yourseslf feel better when you don't feel well. You may have discovered them yourself or learned about them from others. Most of them are simple, safe and free. You will use these tools to develop your WRAP.

- Modifying your daily life
- Keeping yourself safe
- Daily planning
- Spiritual beliefs

You will be able to think of many other Wellness Tools that are helpful to you. You can keep your list in the front of your binder, on your computer or wherever it is convenient for you.

Okay, over the next few days, in your binder or in your notebook, List any tools you learned, in this workship or from your own life experiences including things you would like to try, even if you haven't already. Then keep adding new ones and/or crossing out ones you decide aren't right for you. Keeping this list in the beginning of your WRAP notebook. If you are using a Binder and paper, you may want to purchase several dividers for your binder.

For my Wellness Toolbox I have listed:
crochet, play piano, daily journal, cuddle with my cat, exercise, listen to music etc. I have many, many more.
Also, I have listed a small area of things NOT TO DO. This would include, isolating myself, yelling at my cat Sammy, pulling my eyelashes and eyebrows out and worse. For others it would mean not drinking, not cutting, not smoking, gambling etc.
Write down the things you ALREADY DO daily that you enjoy and get you through and also write down on another page, what you DON'T WANT to be doing when you are stressed out.

That will be enough for now.

Sheri Adams

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