A bit about me
Hi, I’m Jean, a 42-year-old teaching assistant from Ireland. I was initially introduced to Minplan by my GP because I was outburned and needed some tools to cope with life. How lucky was I, in a way, not because of being mentally challenged but introduced to a new, more healthy lifestyle!
As a young person, I was strong, healthy and an athlete, competing in chess. About 20 years ago I had an accident and was diagnosed with whiplash; my mood slowly changed and I have had problems since. When it is worse I am not able to get out of bed, I just live and eating in my bedroom.
Because of sleeping problems, I’ve had eat medicine, and more recently diagnosed with migraine and all the problems that come with that!
When I was told that I could be depressed, and I knew I had to improve my mental life (which wasn’t horrendous) and activity level too, but I certainly wasn’t an old potato!
Getting to grips with Minplan
Initially, all the reading and getting used to the app was quite time-consuming, but after a couple of weeks I was doing it without problems. There was a lot of videoguides in Minplan which helped with this.
After getting used to the app, I absolutely loved it, tracking my mood days and seeing it come ‘up the hill’ was encouraging for me. Also seeing how much sleep I was having was interesting, everything was improving which was tremendous and something to build on! As soon as I started on Minplan I felt happier and I was sleeping better.
I loved the video guides and sent them to my parents, so they could learn about the methods and now they are using Minplan! The chat section on the app is excellent too.
It was great to be reminded about my network and the friendship I have with people near to me. Some of them I can speak privately to and they give me a massive encouragement! Yes, the app was working for me!
My family are also enjoying their Minplan and they are building up the Hopebook, so we can share hope and goals for the futures. Also they like getting the notifications about my mood rating so they can call me and cheer me up when it is going the wrong way.
Because of my problems, Christmas is always a difficult time for me, having a big family…but this year was a little different. My parents and I made an action plan for what to do, and we talked things through, so they knew, what I would prefer and I knew about their plans. That helped a lot so we did not have to use energy in the Christmass satisfying all!
So Minplan is very helpful and every morning I go through my work in the app, so I am prepared for the day and the challenges which are fantastic and a super bonus!
Minplan you have changed my life! Thank you so much for that!
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