|Picture source Steve and Karen Boddey|
With our vast practical experience with anxiety and depression we decided that our life needed structure. Not that our day to day life doesn’t have structure; it is just very important that we do not fall into the trap of becoming complacent and lazy.
So after the doctor put us on the sickness benefit my wife and I put together a simple plan that keeps us active and stops us from falling into the comfort trap.
We are out of bed by 8am if not earlier. Staying in bed longer is for the weekends.
Breakfast, showers, dressed then off to work.
Karen has always wanted to write so she sets about her day with her own routine.
I on the other hand always wanted to write however housework needs to be done and a few other chores so I take on that role. Karen is more of a professional, quality writer and if there is money to be made then she will have a better chance.
We take regular breaks just like we are at work and our day finishes around 5pm.
We also make time for both exercise time and appointments.
The structure we have in place has been working successfully for the past 3 weeks and we are both enjoying our new roles; even the doctor is very pleased we have adopted this attitude towards our illness.
Karen and I have always wanted to write together and be home together and this isn’t exactly the way we thought we get to do it but we do have what we wanted.
Now if we could just get Work and Income to follow our lead.
Author Steve Boddey