10.9.15

How an Activity Diary can help reduce depression..




One of the useful things I got told to do by my therapist, was to create an Activity Diary or an ACE log. I simply just logged what I did daily, and rated how much I enjoyed the activity, and how much I felt I achieved from doing the activity. Yep, it's as easy as that. It really helped me realise, that by doing just 1 thing a day that I enjoyed, it really improved my mood.

It's important to get a healthy balance of activities which give you a sense of achievement and enjoyment.  Choose activities which are important to you, have positive meanings, or are purposeful, and you might want to plan rest periods too. Keep your goals realistic – set achievable limits.  For example, aim to walk for 15 minutes each day rather than running for 1hour (guilty), or wash the dishes rather than spring clean the whole house. You can find links to download your own activity diary here or here.

One last thing - I was thinking about starting up my own 'self-help box', where simply, you guys would get a box full of goodies that have helped me in the past, or I think will help you. You don't have to have the box for yourself, it could be for a friend who you think needs cheering up! Think chocolate, colouring books, candles etc..  What do you all think? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below!
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  1. I've never thought about doing an activity log - it seems useful! I also love the idea of a self-help box. I'm moving out soon and worry that will trigger my anxiety/depression so I think before I go I'm going to make myself a little box of treats to calm me down or cheer me up if I need it! Great blog post Beckie x


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    1. Glad you found it useful! Yeah - you deserve a little box of treats:) x

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  2. This is a really good idea! I don't have depression but I do struggle with anxiety, and starting a diary was one thing that really helped me cope. Planning out my weeks, with wiggle room and resting periods was really helpful to me, it's really made a difference in how I cope with uni actually.
    The self help box sounds really lovely! Such a kind thing to do, I think we all need a reminder to practice self care. x

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    1. I'm glad you liked the post:) Hopefully I can make it happen soon! x

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  3. This is such a cool and cute idea! The self- help box would be nice too♥.
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  4. I love writting diary ! :)
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  5. I'll deffo start one of this activity diaries, thanks for this helpful post! And the box sounds amazing
    Becky Shannon xx - Life-by-Becky

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  6. This is such a great idea - I'm so pleased it's helping you!

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    1. It's the best idea they've gave me!:) x

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  7. This is a really lovely idea, I may should start one too!

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  8. This sounds like a truly fantastic ice and I wish I had knew about it when I was younger & dealing with some personal issues. Thank you for sharing this x

    Beauty with charm

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  9. One of the mental health charities has started a scheme very similar to the box that you're talking about - it's called Buddybox and it looks amazing! I wish somebody would send me one - I'd feel a bit silly ordering one for myself...

    Lis / last year's girl x

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    1. Yes I've just been in contact with them now! And don't feel silly at all, I was thinking about it myself! x

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