Yes, this a very common complaint with many a CP sufferer. Paula hit the ball right out of the park right off the bat, and several more followed suit, with some more great suggestions.
You sound a little like me, in that I used to be semi anal, about
keeping things in order, (Paperwork, house clean, Bills Paid, and so forth) and I find myself so discouraged at times, as it has not gotten done to my liking.
Please don't feel guilty about
it. Just do the best you can! One thing I have found that helps my emotions, is to pick a project,... not too simple, and not something that is going to knock you back a lightyear or two either!
If you push yourself just a little in effort, and do a good job, the reward may not only be a physical one but a mental one as well. Also, the phrase clean as you go, can really benefit you in the long run. Not easy, but it sure can calm the mind knowing it was done already.
Don't be ashamed to ask for help from a loved one, or a friend either.
Lastly, I do agree with the exercise if you are able to do it. Push it just a little as well, and walking would be a good place to start. Keep it a simple walk, say...maybe a couple three times a day and keep it slow. Then pick up the pace to strengthen your heart and lung capacity. As time goes on, you may notice it becoming easier, from where you first started.
A word of advice though!...make sure you clear this with your PCD first!...I cannot stress this enough! Keep your mind busy as well, playing maybe word games or the such. Finally..a good shower or bath will help too!
After my back surgery, I would go three to four days without a shower, and that in itself can influence the depression. There is nothing more refreshing than a good cleansing of the body.
We hope some of these suggestions help, and please do report back, as we will of course support you here. If you're struggling, then give us a holler and we will cheer you on with love, and encouragement.
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