Anxious and HVAC reliant

this means that I’m continually walking over to the thermostat and cranking up the AC.

I don’t know if you’ve ever had any battles with mental illness. It’s a taboo topic and not many people want to talk about it, so I understand if you aren’t ready to open up. However, I will pretty openly talk about my own experiences. Basically since birth oh, I’ve been plagued with depression and anxiety. Their symptoms of my trauma, and there’s not much that I can do about it. Except to manage them as best I can. One of the things that helps me the most is writing at home. I enjoyed my alone time quite a bit. However, I have to watch out for the threat of becoming agoraphobic. At other points in my life I’ve been completely unable to leave the house. Obviously that’s very stunting to my recovery, and my mental health tends to deteriorate further when I’m stuck home alone. the other thing that gets way worse is my energy expenditure. You see, when I’m sitting at home full of anxiety all day long the last thing I want is for my indoor air to feel uncomfortable. I already feel plenty uncomfortable. I would like my air to be cool, dry, and fresh smelling. This means that I end up running the AC unit all day and night long. I really hate when it starts to feel stagnant in the house, because I start to panic about being trapped and feeling claustrophobic. this means that I’m continually walking over to the thermostat and cranking up the AC. As soon as the cool air starts flowing through my vents again, I can relax, and feel like I can breathe again. It’s instantly relieving and I feel so much more comfortable. I’m glad that AC is a coping skill for my anxiety, but I really wish I could find a way to reduce my energy expenditure. Those high-energy bills are stressful.

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