Maintaining Progress

Points to bear in mind to help you maintain progress are:

1. You need to progress at the right pace for you. This is different for each person. The level of anxiety should never be more than you feel is manageable.

2. Work on only one goal at a time and at a pace you feel comfortable with.

3. Always work on the least anxiety-giving situation/step until you feel reasonably comfortable with it. Then move on to the next situation/step as appropriate.

4. You have been taught a wide selection of tactics. Not every one will be useful in every situation. You need to plan which tactics you are going to use for each situation. Whatever works for you is right for you.

5. The involvement of a friend or family member is usually most useful in the early stages, when an escort may be necessary. Later, they can continue to give encouragement and support. But do not forget you are working towards being independent.

6. There will be bad days and setbacks. Maintaining progress means being committed, giving your programme high priority, learning from setbacks and practising the exercises regularly.

7. Make sure to keep good links with your clinical team and to keep them informed of your progress.

8. Make sure you have a healthy social network. There are social inclusion schemes that may be of help to you, including coffee clubs and befriending schemes (Listed in our Service Directory), and projects like KMI.

9. Ensure you are engaged in something that is important to you and where you feel valued,

Eating healthy and staying fit are an important part of maintaining progress. You can search for local gyms or leisure centres on the Cornwall County Council website.

10. There are many charities and projects out there ready to help you progress, these include;

 

Pentreath

“Pentreath is an award winning mental health charity that strives to encourage improved awareness, health and wellbeing throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We aim to promote good mental health through personal development, education and employment. Our highly dedicated team of outreach workers deliver our much needed services to people with or recovering from mental ill health.”

 

Mind

“Mind helps people to take control over their mental health. We provide information and advice, training programmes, grants and services through our network of local Mind associations. We do all this to make it possible for people who experience mental distress to live full lives, and play their full part in society.”

 

Outlook

“Outlook South West was formed in 1998 mainly as an organisation providing primary care mental health services. Since that time we have expanded to provide mental health clinics in GP practices across Cornwall. We have also gone on to become involved in psychological services in a range of other settings.”

 

Young Minds

“YoungMinds is the UK's leading charity commited to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people and empowering their parents and carers.”