Minimalism for Mental Health

TW/CW: suicide

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  • Extermination: Get rid of the shit that you would be much better off without. Why do I keep those wires that mean absolutely nothing to me? While this may not seem like a way to improve your health and prevent those suicidal thoughts, I swear that if I had kept the pesky non-essential items, my life would have been much more chaotic. I wouldn’t have been able to focus on the meditation. I wouldn’t have been able to get the motivation to say, “It’s going to be okay.” I would have been too weighed-down by the overwhelming idea that my stuff was a futile attempt to fill a void.
  • Medication*: This may be the right or wrong path, depending on your mental illnesses and/or symptoms, so take it with a grain of salt. I try to pare down my medication cabinet so I know exactly what’s affecting me and how I feel with or without it. I was too afraid to ask to reduce/eliminate/replace certain medications for a long time because I thought, “What if the next one fails me, too?” I found something that covered the majority of my symptoms. Just know that if you’re actively working to reduce your symptoms with mental health professionals, you will move forward with feeling like you can comfortably be yourself again, with or without prescribed substances.

An intuitive storyteller with a vision to reduce shame through blunt essays on mental illness. I’m a survivor of Bipolar, Complex PTSD, OCD, and GAD.

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