Cleaning Is Healthy, And No, I Don't Mean Cleaning Your Room

Cleaning Is Healthy, And No, I Don't Mean Cleaning Your Room

Soul cleaning is one that we underestimate and it's one that we need it the most.

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For over two weeks now, I have been on a cleaning spree and not the typical "I want all the rooms spotless, and the kitchen is sparkling," no. I have been cleansing myself from everything that does not bring me happiness. It's time to cleanse your mind, body, and soul!

1. Delete social media.

The first thing I did when I started this soul cleaning journey was to uninstall Snapchat. At first, I did out of annoyance, but as time passed, I realized that I spent less time on my phone looking into the life of other people. From that revelation, I went ahead and got rid of Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. The peace that came from the lack of notification sounds is wonderful. I also started spending less time looking at my phone screen.

2. Delete contacts you don't talk to.

The next thing I did was go through my phone and little by little delete phone numbers from people that I have not heard from in years. I did the same thing with Facebook (extremely disappointed with the unfriending system of Facebook). Don't feel guilty for deleting people out of your life or losing friends/followers. You gotta keep it real, why have them there for decoration? You won't even notice that they are no longer there.

3. Apps you don't use.

Have you ever scroll through your menu and wonder 'what are these supposed to do? I have never used them!'. You know what I am talking about, those apps that came with your phone and you just never learned what they do. There are also the apps that you once downloaded but stopped using a long time ago. Yeah, those apps you can get rid of. The whole idea of cleaning your soul is also to get rid of stuff you don't need nor use... including items from your phone. I will give you more space on your phone.

4. Delete pictures!

Don't even try to deny it; your gallery is probably full of selfies and memes. Come on! Off with them! I deleted over 3000 pictures from selfies to videos to memes to book covers (2012-2018). You can start by removing repeated images (those 100 selfies), memes that you've seen a hundred times already and videos that make you cringe glancing at them. Besides, it gives you more space for future pictures.

5. Clean your computer.

Applications and software and dust. This cleaning happened recently, I was playing a game, got fed up and ended up uninstalling it. My friends say that I will back to the game in two weeks, but honestly, the game has made my life a misery than a way to spend my time. Besides, it kept me away from all of my responsibilities. Along with that game, others went away as well. The other games I have access to any time I want (yay!), but I am just not playing them at the moment. I also got rid of applications that came with the computer that not once have I ever clicked. When I finished there, I cleaned my disk and defragged, and then I opened my laptop (to see how dirty it was) cleaned the cover and made a mental note on buying condensed air. Please don't go around opening your computer if you have never done it before and if you decide to do so be careful and watch a video beforehand.

6. Wardrobe.

Ever since 2019 started, I have donated more than half my wardrobe and thrown away a little of the fourth that is remaining, and I am still giving clothing I no longer use or fit. I will be honest; I had to grab my friends and tell me how many times they have seen me wear that skirt. That's how my wardrobe has shrunk. Do I regret it? No, I stayed with what I use and what still fit me. I am not stressing over what to wear because of everything that is on my wardrobe. I once heard that a woman only need 12 items on her wardrobe, is that true? Probably not, but less is better than a lot — more with clothing and shoes and purses that are just hanging there gathering dust.

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.
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Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

Suicidal thoughts are thought of in such black-and-white terms. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is there are some stuck in the gray area of those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble, and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead. You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling, whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die?" or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255


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How To Stay Mentally Healthy In College

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health.

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Staying healthy in college seems really, really hard to do. Classes, friends, clubs, and the whole fact of living by yourself can create a lot of stress and anxiety. Most students, and people in general, don't really know how to deal with stress or how to take care of themselves mentally, leading to unhealthy behaviors physically and mentally. If you don't take care of your mental health, your physical health will suffer eventually. Here are a few tips and tricks to help take care of your mental health:

1. Eat a well-balanced diet

Eating fruits, vegetables, grains, and other healthy foods will help you feel more energized and motivated. Most people associate eating a balanced diet as beneficial for your physical health, but it is just as important for your mental health.

2. Keep a journal and write in it daily

Writing can be one of the most relaxing and stress-relieving things you can do for yourself. Writing down the issues you are struggling with or the problems you are encountering in your life on a piece of paper can help you relax and take a step back from that stress.

3. Do something that brings you joy

Take some time to do something that brings you joy and happiness! It can be really easy to forget about this when you are running around with your busy schedule but make some time to do something you enjoy. Whether it be dancing, writing, coloring, or even running, make some time for yourself.

4. Give thanks

Keeping a gratitude log — writing what brings you joy and happiness — helps to keep you positively minded, which leads to you becoming mentally healthy. Try to write down three things that brought you joy or made you smile from your day.

5. Smile and laugh

Experts say that smiling and laughing help improve your mental health. Not only is it fun to laugh, but laughing also helps you burn calories! There's a reason why smiling and laughing are often associated with happiness and joyful thoughts.

6. Exercise

Staying active and doing exercises that energize your body will help release endorphins and serotonin, which both act as a natural antidepressant. Keeping an active lifestyle will help you stay happy!

7. Talk out your problems

All of us deal with stress and have problems from time to time. The easiest and probably most beneficial way to deal with this stress and anxiety is to talk it out with a close friend, family member, or even a counselor.

8. See a counselor, peer mentor, or psychologist

Just like it was stated in the previous point, it is beneficial to talk out your problems with a counselor. We all have issues, and it is OK to ask for help.

Keeping up your mental health in college can be a struggle, and it may be hard to even admit you are not mentally healthy. This is OK; you are not alone. If you want to see a psychologist or would like to learn more about mental health, there are resources. You can also take a self-assessment of your mental health. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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