The Three Things that Improve My Life

There are three things that have come into my life in the past year that have improved my experience of life significantly. Until I got these three things, I didn’t realise just how bad I had it before.

  1. Amavys Nasal Spray
    I never knew how clear my nasal passages could be until I started using this medical spray.
    It hasn’t fixed all my crummy nose issues, but it’s definitely taken away a lot of the inflammation that would occur, stopping me from being able to breathe well through my nose. Often I would have to resort to being a “mouth breather”. Shudder.
  2. Paroxetine
    Here’s the thing. I’ve been suffering from anxiety for more than half my life now. People normally just view me as shy, reserved and disinterested in social interaction. It’s partly that, but the thing that stops me from participating fully in conversation in most cases springs from the fact that I get very physical symptoms of anxiety. My mind goes blank, I feel nervous, I get a little sick to the stomach, and many other horrible things like that. It’s for this reason that I finally went to a GP and got a prescription for Paroxetine, an antidepressant that also treats anxiety.
    Its effects have been subtle, but in comparing with how I was before, I know they have made a difference. I’m more likely to socialise now, for the simple reason that I can without clamming up.

    An interesting side effect of the medication has been the fact that it also seems to treat the chronic headaches I’ve had for many years. And that’s pretty awesome.

    I’ve also had mild depression for some time, and this has helped a bit with that, but in November last year I still felt like I had nothing to get up for each morning. I just didn’t have any zest for life at all. And that’s where number 3 came in.

  3. Twinkie
    Twinkie is my reason to get out of bed. She’s surely the biggest plus in my life lately. In the morning, we have our snuggle time as I awaken, and it makes me get out of bed with a smile… something that never happened before.

    I think it’s just having something relying on me, making me feel wanted, that is the key.

    …That, and cats are soooooo cute.