Good Evening Friends,
Today I made it my goal to focus on my home environment as a way to keep my stress down as I withdraw from my Lexapro medication. For those new to my blog, welcome! 🙂 I’m so glad you’re here. Beginning in January, I will be resuming my DDLG-themed posts. But for now, as I heal and cleanse from my SSRI medication, my posts will focus on self care.
Which brings me to tonight’s topic: tidying up and minimizing!
Christmas (and Hanukkah) is just around the corner, and unlike many, I have chosen to go the minimalist route this year. I didn’t want bells and lights dangling from every corner of my home. Instead, I learned that my anxiety is less when my environment looks clean, sparse, and streamlined. To some, my home might look sterile. But for me, a minimal home = a less cluttered mind.
So, today I made it my focus to keep my mind busy on cleaning. When was the last time you scrubbed your baseboards? Yeah, me too lol. But today I mindfully got down on my hands and knees and scrubbed those tiny corners and crevices that often get overlooked in the day to day clean up. Over the past 48 hours, as I’ve been withdrawing from my medicine, I’ve learned that my anxiety likes to thrive when I have idle time on my hands. So my answer is to fill my hours and keep my hands busy.
Is that silly? Perhaps. 🙂 But it has helped.
Another strategy to combat the headaches that often accompany discontinuation syndrome is to move, move, move! I’ll admit that my muscles are pretty darn sore since I’ve been working out like crazy. But, I haven’t had terrible headaches as of this writing, and I’d like to think that drinking 64+ ounces of water plus working out throughout the day has something to do with it.
Lastly, the final thing that I’m doing to keep my anxiety down is to fill my eyes with things that make me smile. For instance, watching my cat, Cosmos, try and pounce at birds or mice playing on my TV screen. (Did you know that they make YouTube videos just for cats to watch? He adores them!).
I also browse Pinterest when I’m resting and look at uplifting things such as: interior design, fun recipes, and homeschool ideas. I listen to music that is positive and fill my hours with things that remind me why I’m going through this process:
- I want to be healthy.
- I want to feel in control of my body.
- I want to live a more raw, unprocessed, vegan lifestyle.
- I want to acknowledge my emotions without succumbing to anxiety as much.
- I want to heal from my past and move (gently) forward into the future with a smile on my face.
I’m learning that this process of moving past, and healing from, my mental illness is an hour by hour journey. It’s a loooong marathon in which I must be attentive to my well being at all times.
But we all only get one life to live. So let’s make the most of it. ❤
Have a wonderful night, everyone! 🙂