Mental illness and running

I wanted a place where we could get advice and support.

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13/04/2013 at 18:37

So proud of you soupy.  It takes a lot of courage to do what you are doing but it will be worth it in the end.  I never once regreted quitting my job without another one to go to.  It did me the world of good in the long run

13/04/2013 at 19:02

Thats reassuing Caz, I do wonder at times if I'm doing the right thing, and does it matter if my employer is crap so long as they pay me? I fear I'm just acting on a principal and sort of cutting my own nose off a bit. The truth is I have no trust in them, but if I end up staying in the department I am now is that really so bad?   My job right now is easy (but boring), and I'd have to go on full time hours if I change jobs.

Scared of the unknown and change I suppose.

13/04/2013 at 19:14

Thats natural.  Very few of us like change at the best of times but when you feel that you have been pushed into it by someone else and that it isn't really your choice then it is even harder.

Quitting my job led to leaving my husband, leaving my house, leaving my friends and taking up a new life in a part of the country I had never even visited before.  Its been very traumatic but I've also had some of the best times of my life in the last 18 months and I know that in another 6 months I will be all sorted out and looking forward to a completely new beginning.

14/04/2013 at 15:08

Just drafted a response to my employer on their email. I've also realised that if I leave the NHS now and then return later I will lose my place at the top of the pay scale and my long service annual leave benefits, not to mention my pension being moved to less favourable rates. So I have to stay until I find another job.

I've suggested ACAS mediation to them as a possible way forward. 

Hope everyone is enjoying this warm weather.

14/04/2013 at 18:10

Hope that works out for you, Soupy.  Getting another job would definitely be the best way forward.

Had a bit of rubbish day today.  Really not felt like moving but have finally managed to motivate myself to do a few essential jobs. before crashing out on the sofa again.  Frustrating as I was hoping the running was going to help me feel a bit better.  Will just have to take the running as a positive from this week and hope for more of the same.

14/04/2013 at 19:57
Can't remember how long it is since I posted. I have been lurking and sending hugs. Thjngs have just been very busy and mentally ddemanding and felt unseen to post.
but you guys are fab
14/04/2013 at 21:11

Sending hugs (((by eck)))

15/04/2013 at 16:54

*delivers hugs to all* 


15/04/2013 at 19:32

snap on the lurking. hope everyone is well

15/04/2013 at 20:11

(((SOLB))) + (((RWTW)))  Hows things with you both?

Looks like everyone's been lurking just waiting for someone to break the silence.

I seem to be having mixed fortunes at the moment - struggling with work and just not wanting to move when I'm at home either.  In the midst of that though, the running seems to have taken an upturn.  A couple of runs with my work colleague along with the 10k and a running club run made it the best running week in a long time.  Today my work colleague wasn't feeling well enough so it was looking like it might not happen today.  Instead I managed to persuade myself to get along to the Monday night running group who I've not run with for about 6 months.  Maybe it was the accusations of being a fair weather runner - which I'm not, with the other problems I have to overcome I can't afford to let the weather get in the way as well - but it motivated me to demonstrate that I hadn't been doing nothing for 6 months.

15/04/2013 at 20:31

Wow well done LR. so pleased you got to show off that you've been fighting on. 

I'm sort of having a hard time and sort of not. I am absolutely wiped out have been for about a month, the doc is doing bloods. It might also be a virus. It could be a symptom of a really annoying bout of depression that wont quite shift. I'm lucky in that I'm not really tortured with it, it's fairly gentle but relentless and it's stolen all my energy and over time is wearing out my helpful coping strategies. I started doing something unhelpful but I've fixed it again. 

I'm focussing really hard on yet another new start; exercise is tricky while I am feeling so poorly but I'm working on eating and sleeping properly and in working on longer term goals

Hope you guys are all good? 

Oh I've just heard about Boston Marathon  

15/04/2013 at 20:52

Well done LR, sounds very good.

Solb - thats rubbish, but very likely to be a virus or just the depression as you say. Low energy is not fun at all. Hving enough iron etc?

Still injured - been five weeks now so it isn't easy. Walking pain free finally so hoping i will be running again soon.

Work is going really well but it bothers me that I feel noone there really knows me as don't know my past. I want to tell someone just so I can have someone who completely understands me but also want to keep my private life very seperate to its a tricky one. Also getting worried about how it may all affect me going forward. Often find my self doubt is holding me back, and that worries me.


15/04/2013 at 21:11

Work can be difficult in that respect.  People do gossip so it's important to be able to really trust someone - but it certainly can be helpful to have some who really knows you.

Good to hear you've got a good strategy planned SOLB- you've certainly come a long way already so keep it going one step at a time.

15/04/2013 at 22:53
I haven't run for weeks. I got very at the thought of not being able to run ndw and being a failure, then moo and everything took over and now j can't seem to shoe horn it in and I'm getting miffed with myself
15/04/2013 at 23:10

It's obviously been a really difficult time for you to be able to fit any running in.  Stay around and we'll see if we can encourage you to get out there again.

15/04/2013 at 23:49

Oh that is a bit of a dilemma, telling someone at work would be nice but I'd err on the side of caution with telling people things. Is there a compromise? Could you tell someone who you think you can trust a rough outline without giving away too many details? I haven't read back cos I've just missed too much so I might be totally wrong. 

By Eck perhaps we can try getting on track with running together. I might be a bit shaky with the whatever the problem is but I'm planning on getting some regular runs in even if they end up being round the block - I think it's more about routine than progress right now 

How are things with Moo? 

16/04/2013 at 10:47

*waves to everyone excitedly*

lovely to hear from people again. I was getting worried about you all. 

Time for the VRC to have an outing again perhaps? I've not run much at all, but have been biking and swimming. Did a cracking couple of laps round Richmond Park after work yesterday. 

16/04/2013 at 16:35

Ooooh nice to see the thread come back to life


*leaves pile of hugs*

16/04/2013 at 17:44

de lurks, been busy, getting a bit too busy but coping at the moment.

glad to hear everyone is still around, thanks XFR bear I will take just one hug and leave the rest for other peeps.

16/04/2013 at 17:54

I'll definitely take one.  Just got back in from work early as I'd got a phone appointment set up for 17.00.  This was after I had my first appointment cancelled on Friday.  Same thing happened again - got a call to say the person had gone home ill.  Now rearranged for a week on Friday.

Just trying to pick myself up now for a running club run this evening but that's really upset me.

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