Family and Caregiver Schizophrenia Discussion Forum

What helps you get through?

The best thing for me these days is making playlists. What do you all to keep from losing it?

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I get out and walk. My Fitbit lets me know when I need to move and is good motivation. It also reports my sleep habits.
Laughter with friends helps me the most.
I would love to host music nights but haven’t done that yet.
Gardening is my therapy and I’ve brought some plants in during winter. I clean up a storm. There is always something that needs cleaning.
I found fly lady app and love it for its 15 minute routines and lists.
I try to do things for others and it makes me feel better.
I come here to this site a couple times a day. I read motivating books and just finished The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Bloom.

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With my current moon charting project, well, it might be too late for me.:upside_down_face:

Running in the park with my dogs early in the morning helps me more than anything.

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Automation, technology and money. I never see a med, doc calls in 90 day scrips, auto pay, shipped… I NEVER shop for food, I do all the food purchase online, I often place WalMart pic up orders from 1000 miles away for them to pic up… Surveillance, Arlo Pro 2 System, I monitor their every move from anywhere, and the easy part, I simply leave…

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So they are med compliant? Sounds like you have worked out huge time savers and peace of mind when you are gone.

NO to both, wife is SZ gone 95-99% of the time, daughter is somewhat now, maybe since ECT, they will typically only do ECT after it is proven that ALL meds are ineffective as it is with my daughter, I did a med sweep a couple weeks ago, i filled up a box of unused Saphris Sublingual Tabs (wife’s med) (you know sealed dispensers for a week or two) worth about $20,000.00 (BCBS cost), I will take a pic of it to prove it… LOL, after 23 years of bad ineffective meds, she dont take them very often

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@Mom2 I am going to put that on my list. I’ve been reading a lot of WWII books this past year. Favorite is All the Light they can not see. I also garden, hike and visit with friends and of course (now) this site. Cleaning - that’s a good one!

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I read alot too. I liked The Book Thief (WW2 setting).

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I blog. A lot. Every day. Http://myparanoidschizophrenicchild.wordpress.com
I focus on solving problems rather than on the problems. I take every thing one day at a time or one minute at a time. Sometimes one breath at a time. I check out schizophrenia.com. I call someone I trust to talk about what’s going on. When all else fails I play Farmville 2. :slight_smile:

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I have me “me” time every day, go up to my bedroom put my fairy lights and my wax melts on and watch vlogs, I follow various people, some just their lives and their family run of mill day to day stuff. Some Florida trips (live Florida holidays)

Also we live 5 min walk from fantastic beaches, my dog motivates me to go there, watching his zest for life , him run into the North Sea without a care in the world just living in the moment!
In fact my little cocker spaniel gets me through.

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I go to the gym and swim 4 or 5 days a week. And I love walking our sweet dogs. Some days are so busy being a caregiver, having a part time job and trying to run the house and make time for my other kids, that I feel I don t have a spare minute. Oh, and visiting this site immensely helps me to get thru.

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@Mom2 I read The Hiding Place over the last few days. Quite the story. Try to think like Betsie! @Jan I am now (finally) have started The Book Thief. Thanks guys!

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I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’ll have to look for The Book Thief. I hope you and your family are enjoying the holidays.

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