If you are just starting out with the Tinnitus E-Programme, then Session 1 is where you begin.
Please ensure that you have completed the THI questionnaire so that you know what your starting "tinnitus distress score" is. This is important so that you have a score to compare with how you are at the end of the course.
The reading materials should be easy for you to understand. Work your way through each section - you don't need to read them all at once! Session 1 is when you begin using the breathing exercise, and as you'll learn, it is regular use of the breathing exercise that will start to alter the balance of your autonomic nervous system through engaging parasympathetic activity, so reducing high levels of arousal that drives attentional focus to tinnitus.
Start using the breathing exercise as soon as you start the course - it will pay off!
You may well benefit too by joining the Tinnitus E-Programme Facebook Support Group.
After you have completed the work of Session 1 - ideally after one week but don't worry if it takes a day or so longer - fill in the Session 1 Progress Check. The questions aren't difficult - they will just ensure that you are on the right track with your learning. When I receive them, if there's anything wrong or misunderstood, I will do my best to get back to you via email to help you stay on track.
I am really interested in your feedback so feel free to write comments here in the blog. They will likely help others who start the E-Programme after you.
You are probably feeling quite stressed at the moment - most people are when they first find the E-Programme. So take your time and please make sure you use the breathing exercise at least 3 times each day. You will benefit if you use it even more frequently - certainly up to 6 times a day. It really doesn't take long - maybe 3 minutes each time.
Bye for now
- Tinnitus E-Programme: http://www.tinnituseprogram.org