Moving on

Recovery can sometimes take quite some time, although everyone is different. It is  fair to say that we probably know the least about longer term recovery.This is largely because the current research recommendations are to follow patients up for "at least 6 months" after Intensive Care.Also, much of the research that has been done has tended to use questionnaires which,although very useful, may not actually tell us very much about what recovery is like for patients in their everyday lives.

Having spoken to a number of patients at one year after hospital discharge, however, it seems that while some may have lingering physical and psychological issues after being in Intensive Care, many have learned to live with them. The main focus at this time would appear to be keeping well, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and getting out and about. For some, the "anniversary" of their time in Intensive Care can prompt them to reflect on their emotional journey. In this section, we've provided some links to general information and advice.We hope you find it useful.

 

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Web Link: NHS Approved App: Cove - Create music to help with emotions

Create music to capture your mood and express how you feel with the Cove app. Instead of words, create music to reflect emotions like joy, sadness, calm and anger. You can store your music in a personal journal, or send them to someone and let the music do the talking. Cove is like a mood journal, except instead of using words to express how you feel, you use music. To create music you choose from six different moods – calm, struggling, longing, playful, clouded and...

External Image: NHS Approved App: Easy Meals

A stay in intensive care can often lead to feelings of exhaustion.  Although its important to eat healthily as much as possible to help your body recover after your experience it is often a thought to cook. This app is here to help. Plan and eat healthier meals with the Easy Meals recipe app. Choose from 150 easy, calorie-counted recipes covering breakfast, lunch, evening meals and puddings. If you're short on inspiration, let the app plan your day's meals. Add your meals to...

Web Link: NHS Approved App: Feeling Good - Positive Mindset

We love this app and really think that it can help during recovery during and after a stay in intensive care. Relax your body and mind with a series of audio tracks designed to help you build confidence, energy and a positive mindset. Feeling Good uses relaxation, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and resilience building techniques from sport to help improve positive feelings, self-esteem and self-confidence. To get you going, the app offers 4 free audio tracks combining...

Web Link: NHS Approved App: iPrescribe Exercise

Exercise helps both body and mind - particulary after a stay in intensive care.  The iPrescribe Exercise app creates a 12-week exercise plan based on health information entered by the user. It then sets the duration and intensity of the exercise based on this information. This helps improve your overall health, but can also be used to manage a number of long-term health conditions and help those at risk of developing them become more active.  The iPrescribe Exercise app is free...

Web Link: NHS Approved App: My Possible Self

My Possible Self brings together content from world-leading mental health experts designed to help you learn how to improve your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. The information has been proven to reduce stress, anxious feelings and low mood in just eight weeks. Use the app’s learning modules to prevent day-to-day problems from holding you back, manage fear and improve your happiness and wellbeing. New modules will be added on a regular basis. The app has a free ‘Moments’ feature...

Web Link: NHS Approved App: Pzizz - for anyone struggling to sleep

Struggling to sleep after a stay in intensive care is very common. This app may help. The Pzizz app addresses a common problem for those who have trouble sleeping: a "racing mind" or "thinking too much". Using voiceover narrations based on clinical sleep interventions and specially designed music, Pzizz helps quiet the mind and calm the body into deep rest. Pzizz can continue playing throughout the night to keep a stable sonic environment and help prevent users being woken up by...

Web Link: NHS Approved App: Thrive - Feel Stress Free

Thrive: Feel Stress Free uses games to track your mood and teach you methods to take control of stress and anxiety. Learn relaxation techniques like meditation and deep-breathing to help you cope better with stressful situations and manage negative thoughts. The app's Mood Meter lets you track your mood, the emotions you feel and the situation you were in at the time. It then reminds you of how you reacted on a previous occasion to make your feel better.   The app is free to...

Web Link: NHS Choices (carer support)

This link will take you to the website of NHS Choices. This page offers a wealth of information and advice on the types of help you might be able to get after you get home, and how to access it.

External Video: Pacing for Breathlessness

This short clip will explain how a technique known as "pacing" may help feelings of breathlessness. You might also find the booklets on bodily positions to help breathlessness, breathing control and how to conserve your energy helpful in dealing with breathlessness.

External Video: Pacing for Fatigue

This short clip will explain how the technique of pacing may be used to manage any fatigue that you may be experiencing.