Please, Do Not Tell Me To 'Have a Hot Bath' When I Can't Sleep!
When You Suffer With Anxiety You Probably Do Not Want to Be told (again)...
>To breathe deeply.
>To breathe deeply and count!
>To breathe in a very specific way. Make sure you extend your abdomen with each intake until you feel exceedingly bloated!
>To scream into a pillow. But, they might say, please don't rip the pillow and pull out feathers. I have done this. Should I be embarrassed? Perhaps I just like feathers.
>To "just wait it out!" Right. Thanks. "Waiting" feels like it won't ever end when your heart is racing. Waiting is painful.
>Take a nap. Are they serious? Sleeping with a racing heart is difficult.
>DRINK SOME TEA! Tea? Right. I really hate tea. Even the work "tea" seems ridiculous to me. I think I used to like it in my younger years. Before I was told tea was nearly as effective as lithium. Yes, tea (!!!).
All of the things I mention might work in your favor but, then again, they might piss you off.
When You Suffer With Insomnia You Probably Do Not Want to Be told (again)...
>To have a hot bath. Or shower. Or call someone with a hot tub.
>To drink more damn tea.
>To practice yoga at 5 a.m. Do some stretches. Yes, this will help you sleep! Yay!
>To breathe. Again. Breathe until you realize your lungs breathe on their own. What a novelty!
And on and on and on...
When You Suffer With Depression You Probably Do Not Want to Be told (again)...
>To "suck it up". Ohhh, that one pisses me off. Suck what up exactly? My chemical imbalance?
>To smile. A clinically depressed smile is more of a grimace. It might scare people and so if you want me to smile, sure, but be prepared to have a warm bath and a cup of tea after.
>To just "not think about it" and move on. The words "move" and "depression" don't really make sense.
>Tea. Yes, tea again!
You get the drift. You cannot blame people for not understanding. We understand what we live on a daily basis and they do as well. If you heard a friend talking about a pulled muscle you might tell them to put some ice on it. And they might feel the same way as we do when we are told to drink tea.
If all of the above work for you, well, my apologies for creating an entire blog on how irritated I get when I am told, over and over again (it might very well be the repetition that kills me), that these things can make it all go away.
However, we have many things that we can do to help us recover from mental illness and none of them, at least within my writing, involves a tea bag or scalding water. Self-care can help with anxiety, insomnia and depression.
My apologies if you have a serious bond to sleepy-time (HA!) tea and lavender bath salts.
Champagne, N. (2012, November 22). Please, Do Not Tell Me To 'Have a Hot Bath' When I Can't Sleep!, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, August 22 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/recoveringfrommentalillness/2012/11/please-do-not-tell-me-to-have-a-hot-bath-when-i-cant-sleep
Author: Natalie Jeanne Champagne
Lithium seems to disagree with some people and save others lives. Depends which side of the coin you end up on:)
Thanks for the comment,
Glad people can relate; I was worried that tea might help everyone but me:)
Thanks for reading and commenting!
I know what you mean! And it's really impossible to explain it to them. Thanks for the comment!
Tea won't make me feel better, but the sarcasm in this post might do the trick for a few minutes. A humorous distraction. Thanks.