Coming off Prozac: 3 ways to get back on the horse after a wobble.

#1 Recapping your ‘why’

Why did you want to try coming off meds in the first place? For me there were a few reasons:

  • I wanted to build resilience: I feel called to master my emotions. I am inspired by people like the great breathworker and world record holder Wim Hof, who has cultivated courage and strength. I believe our heroes are a mirror to fledgling aspects of ourselves, the potential that we too have to be great — if we have the motivation and determination to tap into it.
  • I want to prevent the risks associated with meds: In my post ‘Prozac and the path of surrender’ I touched on how recent studies suggest SSRI’s can have a negative impact on your gut microbiome, which in turn can exacerbate mood disorders. Put another way, the medicine can actually become the poison. So I’d rather use it only as a last resort. Which segways nicely into…
  • There is no emergency: If I was in the throes of an extremely severe episode of depression/anxiety then I would not be looking to come off Prozac at this time — but thankfully I am not. If you’ve been following me for a while now you’ll already know that one of the main reasons I wanted to come off of Prozac now is because I actually doing pretty well. Yes, I get PMS. Yes, I have off days, but that’s just being human. I will not medicate being human. Not when there’s no emergency.
Remind yourself WHY you started this quest in the first place.

#2 Change the frame

After I posted about my wobble (and spent a few more days feeling bleurggh) there came a point when I wanted to stop talking and writing about Prozac and anxiety. I started fantasising about having one of those gorgeous Instagram feeds: me in soft-focus, in an array of fabulous outfits, celebrating life — always on location darling. In short I got tired of my own narrative, and started to wonder if changing up the story would speed up my recovery. ‘Recovery’. Even that word creates a certain frame, paints a picture of someone that needs to go gently and wrap themselves in cotton wool. Who’s to say the opposite can’t be effective? Stepping into a new chapter, focusing on the things that are feeling good in the present moment, and creating some exciting plans for the future instead.

  • I am enjoying writing this post.
  • I am excited about my plans to move to Brighton this summer.
  • I am looking forward to creating new daily routines there, like walking along the seafront.
  • I am at peace with my perfectly imperfect progress.

And you?

Now it’s your turn. Leave a comment and share some positive things about yourself and your life.

  • Force of habit. Perhaps the habit of a lifetime.
  • Attachment to an old story. What new story might serve you better?
  • Resistance to change. It’s natural to fear change, it’s uncomfortable, but the discomfort doesn’t last.

#3 Wellbeing non-negotiables

When I made the decision to try coming off Prozac I knew I needed to replace meds with other ways to manage anxiety. They needed to be techniques that are proven to help prevent and alleviate symptoms, and they needed to become non-negotiable parts of my week. I chose exercise and I kept it really simple:

  • 3–4 home work-outs per wk: Nothing fancy, no expensive equipment.
  • 7000 steps a day: Just a walk to my local park.

Another great ‘non-negotiable’ for wellbeing

Another proven technique that prevents and alleviates symptoms of mood disorder is Transformational Breath®. Book an online /in-person 1-to-1 session with a certified facilitator like myself to learn a time-honoured breathing technique that is scientifically proven to support physical, mental and emotional health.

  • Read more about Transformational Breath® and book a 1-to-1 / group session with me here.
  • Find certified facilitators worldwide here.
Transformational Breath® blends conscious breathing, acupressure, affirmations, sound & movement healing.

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