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Just Clean!



I know it sounds silly but living with chronic depression, I've taken just about any route i can to improve my mental health and the best thing so far funnily enough is to just clean. If i see an unwashed cup, grabbing it and cleaning it makes me feel a little better. Dusty floor? 5 minutes of sweeping and i feel a world better simply because i know i just accomplished something (even if it was small =P). One teensy tiny accomplishment in an otherwise empty day can make a world of difference =)

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  • You are inspiring. Many people living your same condition simply succumb to depression and end up destroying their lives. You are a fighter! and a good example to follow emoticon - by ANASGONNAMAKEIT
  • I know what you mean. Living with chronic depression is not silly by any means. My cleaning habits are definitely not like they used to be & I have also accumulated a tremendous amount of clutter. There are many times I look at it all & feel all the more overwhelmed. And were it not for the other health issues I deal with daily, I would like to think I could do more each day. There are times where I just grab a box & empty it out. As you said, a little here, a little there, can all make a difference & it maybe only to ourselves. An accomplishment, no matter what size can definitely make your day & it's one less thing needing to be done. Wishing you much luck with "Just Clean". emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon - by MARGEMF
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    I am the same way. When down or depressed I clean and clean and clean - by CANDEE412
  • How true your words are. If you ever need inspiration about the baby steps toward a clean house, check out Excellent program, although you can get overwhelmed by all the emails--but it helps organize your effort and encourages taking baby steps to get out of C-H-A-O-S (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome). It has helped me, and I not longer feel guilty if I only get part of something done, because I know that what I am doing is working toward a great end. - by JPEARL127
    I know how you feel. I am trying to do EVERYTHING I possibly can with a really bad sports injury and some personal health problems. Some days I am so knackered by doing nothing. Other days I get into a steamrolling mode and just do it! Every little bit counts though. I have to keep reminding myself of that and just stay busy and battle through it. Plus, I live in the UK. so we are dark already at 4pm and it hasn't hit it's worst yet- in the middle of winter we only have 4-5 hrs of light. I get SAD syndrome:( I just stay as busy as possible. - by TIERNEY72
  • i'm not saying i have suffered from this, because i have only had a tsp of chronic depression. but post-partem was bad for me.... i had my baby and my life changed suddenly i just was not happy. i didn't look the same, didn't have enerygy... which is what i'm working on through the help of spark and all of you fine people! but when i clean my house and i finish my task.... i know i've done something, and it makes me feel comfy to know that! this is amazing advice! - by TIFKNEE
  • So true! Great advice!
    - by SARAHDAL
  • Great job It's NOT silly @ all you just keep cleaning. Enjoy yourself emoticon - by HONEYMOM913
  • I relate! I have fibro and there are days I can't do much of anything. I do what you do - take it 5 minutes at a time. That's about how long it takes to clean around the pet feeding area, or to vacuum the hall. 5 minutes of washing dishes frees up a sink. a 5 minute spot clean in the bathroom works wonders.

    (((bubble hugs))) - by DUSTYPRAIRIE
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