Friday November 15, 2019

Good morning Moodscopers. I have been taking the antidepressant Sertraline for a few weeks now and I am pleased with how well it has worked for me. I go to sleep with a smile on my face and wake up with a lightness and energy that I haven't felt in a while.

I feel like I'm getting more done, but another good thing is that I feel more conversational. I'm not sure if I'm a bit of an introvert, I do find it hard to start a conversation, but can talk a lot when someone engages with me.

One of the things I love about the Moodscope comments is that they inspire conversation. Those of us who have been members for a while and have come to know some of the regular names, have mini conversations within the comments. People always offer love and support when one of us comments about feeling low.

Another way of sitting in on a lively or interesting conversation is to catch some of the programmes they have on BBC radio 4 in the UK. It was while listening to Midweek with Libby Purves, many years ago now, that I first heard about Moodscope. Jon Cousins was on the programme and it sounded like just what I needed. Libby would have three or four guests who sat around a table and chatted about their field of work, but also life, the universe and everything. I loved it.

Saturday live, with Rev Richard Coles, is also a round table chat and is often amusing too. Chain Reaction was another fascinating programme, where the previous week's interviewee became the next interviewer of someone they admired.

I don't actually listen to the radio all that much, but when I catch a snippet of something while driving, I can listen again on my iPad.

Only recently I met up with a group of people that I don't know all that well, but I felt included and enjoyed my afternoon immensely. Sometimes I see two or three people deep in conversation, but don't feel I can join in. However, with my improved mood, I am trying more to participate and not feel that I am not worthy.

Let's see if you can strike up a conversation today, and if you cannot get out perhaps you can catch something interesting on the radio.

Wishing you all the best.

Another Sally xx
A Moodscope member.

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