No, I don’t mean like that.
I mean like this.
Have you ever heard the saying that the state of your home reflects your state of mind?
Last week I wrote about depression and how taking Vitamin D – especially this time of year – can help. Apparently I should have added that you should take it with calcium to help absorption.
Anyway, I have noticed that for some time I really don’t care much about the way that my house looks. I honestly don’t have a regular cleaning schedule and I know that things don’t get done as often as they should.
I also feel guilty because I think my husband does more cleaning around the house than I do.
I manage to keep the kitchen clean – other than the floors cause I hate doing floors – and I make real meals most nights, and always keep up with the dishwasher, but that’s about it.
I do laundry, but not regularly. And when I say I do it, you’ll find the clean stuff in a basket in the basement.
This stuff really hit home with me yesterday because we have someone coming over today to help my dad with his health insurance. It wasn’t even on my radar that we might want to spruce things up a bit until my husband started doing the floors.
And you know what the other half of this is? The decorating. I used to enjoy making my home look pretty. I still love visiting blogs and pinning things on Pinterest that are cute for the house. But I don’t do any of it. It was all I could manage to get the Christmas decorations out.
Do you feel the same way?
I’m pretty sure it’s got something to do with depression. Even though I take medication for it and actually had my dosage increased in the last six months.
What do you think? Do you feel the same way?
What would someone looking at your home think about your state of mind?
And more importantly, how can we shake this off?
You know it’s more about the way that you feel than the state of your home, right?
Well, we can start with Vitamin D and calcium, cause that’s easy.
If you are not currently being treated for depression, you might want to talk to your doctor about that. Therapy can help too.
Getting enough sleep is important, but if you find you are sleeping and/or napping much of the day, that’s a sign of depression.
Exercise, time spent outdoors, and getting out of the house to have fun with your friends are all good ideas too.
Work on yourself first.
And then maybe one day you might find yourself buying a new shower curtain for the bathroom or inspired to redo your bedroom. Maybe it might be something as simple as mopping a floor.
I was thinking this EXACT same thing this morning when I took a good look around, took my vitamins (because I have been feeling down, lethargic and unmotivated) … and … well, I’ll be drinking a little more milk than normal too. I have been feeling so down, I just go home after work, plonk down on the couch until bedtime and then go to bed.
I’ve been feeling the same way. For me, I find that it helps to get out of the house now and then – and get out of those sweats while I’m at it. I definitely want to put a routine in place that can get me beyond this.