Mental Health Detox

Belle posted about doing a 7 day detox a couple of days ago, and I was mucking around about one of my own after reading it. Then yesterday, after lying in bed and taking stock of myself, I realized how badly I’m doing lately dealing with my depression.

It’s bad.

I wrote my Time Warp Tuesday post and it slapped me in the face again.

I read this post and Gemma introduced me to the spoon theory. I had no spoons left yesterday.

I remembered Belle’s detox, and decided I needed to do something. I asked my mom if she had any antidepressants to bring me, so I’ll be starting Viibryd tonight. It’s become one of those times that I don’t have the reserves to do it all on my own.

I’m going to count my spoons. I’ve been doing trade offs for a long time, dishes for laundry, dinner for makeup, shower for anything else, but I’ve never actually kept track of what or how often I trade off on any given day.

I’m going to rate my mood on a scale of 1-10 three times a day, and look to see when it’s worse or better. I’ll see if I can figure out whether outside or inside influences are affecting my mood more.

I’m going to breathe. I do breathing exercises pretty erratically, but almost daily. I feel better afterwards, so I’m going to commit to five minutes, three times a day.

I’m going to list three new things that make me happy every day. I’ll share them at the end of my daily posts.

I’m going to track all of this and post my results and what tweaks I’m going to make next Sunday.

Okay, and one diet change: I’m going to eat breakfast every day within half an hour of getting up.

So:

  • Meds
  • Spoons
  • Rate
  • Breathe
  • List
  • Breakfast
  • What do you think?


    6 Comments on “Mental Health Detox”

    1. tigger62077 says:

      Spoon tracking sucks. 😦 As in, it sucks having to do it, not that the process sucks. Remember, too, that you’ll have a different number of spoons each day. It’s possible to borrow ahead, but it’s best to PLAN for that instead of just doing it, otherwise you run into a spoon deficit. Why yes, I AM familiar with the spoon theory, why do you ask? 😉 Remember, too, that if you’ve been running on a deficit, it’s going to take you a bit to get back on track. Try not to beat yourself up or give up if you don’t see improvement right away. It will happen!

      I’m proud of you for taking healthy steps to feel better!

    2. Kathy says:

      I am proud of you too and think this sounds like a good plan! I had never heard of the spoon theory and appreciate you sharing it. That makes a lot of sense to me. (((HUGS))) to you. You can do this! 🙂

    3. Belle says:

      I think this is a great plan! I, too, have heard about the spoons. Thank you for reminding me. I think I have been trading spoons and running at a deficit for a long time now. Also, would you mind sharing some of your breathing exercises? I would LOVE to add this to my regular daily regime.


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