Republished from Self Help for Your Nerves, by Doctor Claire Weekes
Waking in the morning deserves special attention. It is the worst time of day to most people with nervous breakdown, not only because it brings another day to face, but because it may also so disappointingly fail to fulfil the expectations of the previous night. There are days when the sufferer feels comparatively well and by evening has convinced himself that he really is getting better at last. He goes to bed cheerful and optimistic only to find, on waking the next morning, that the previous day’s improvement seems but a dream.
It is strange how the morning has this disconcerting habit of apparently paying little regard to the improvement of the day before. People are disappointed and bewildered when, after going to bed fairly cheerful, they wake the next morning to find the same old heart of lead, the same depression, the same churning stomach, the same difficulty in facing the day, the same desire to switch off their engine and pull the blankets over their head.
This post was originally published by Matthew Coleclough on his blog.
I thought I’d write a little (or a lot) about how Dr. Claire Weekes’ method can help to eradicate anxiety. In my experience it is the surest way to complete recovery from nervous illness.
Firstly panic is the dominating force and this must be addressed. A nervously ill person must realise that when they panic there are two fears involved. When they spot the second fear they should apply the 4 concepts AND detached mindfulness.
Dr Weekes sets out to explain how a nervous breakdown begins and develops and how it can be cured. She states simply that a cure can be achieved if we use our innate courage and perseverance and emphasizes that the power is within us to achieve the goal of recovery from a ‘nervous breakdown’, no matter how difficult our plight is.
I am playing with some ways to make the theory a bit more visual, so newcomers who are interested in Buddhism can maybe grasp or remember the concepts easier, and start focusing on the practice.
Hopefully the result doesn’t look too simplistic, but displays some of the teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in such a way that we can apply them in our daily life right away:
This is the second part of an overview of key Buddhist teachings, as described by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, with a little help from Emoji.
This is an overview of The Four Noble Truths, one of the key Buddhist teachings, as described by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, with a little help from Emoji.
There are four practices related to Right Thinking:
1. “Are You Sure?”