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Getting Settled

Getting settled after a massive move feels like a good start, a new beginning; the next exciting chapter! Getting settled can also sound like getting complacent. Or happy with the status quo, huh?

Getting organized and getting settled and focused helps manage the stress of chaos and disorder. My wife and kids did a great job minimizing or eliminating stuff that just takes up too much space that we can do without. Stuff we don’t need to carry around that just burdens us down. Less unnecessary stuff and taking an inventory and rearranging our things… moves us and empowers us for positive changes.

My wife is into simplification and streamlining. In retrospect, I am so happy to finally listen to her and make the move. The change and brighter surroundings have been good for my mental well-being. I used to be stuck in my room a lot; just unwilling– when down and depressed– to leave. The moving strategy forced me to get up, get out of a deep rut and take action.

Also, it helped me face things I had been putting off emotionally and otherwise with collecting stuff I got needlessly attached to thinking I needed this extra stuff to cope with life.

I guess I have found a measure of freedom. Traveling light or lighter in life cost less…and not just speaking financially. The more luggage carried on costs and we pay in some extra, unimaginable ways.

What about You? What have You decided to drop or get rid of which is weighing down Your mental health? Are You getting settled in a rut? or out of a negative rut? or getting used to a new space and new healthy routine in life?

Getting settled in a new space is… liberating and a little fun. Changes and moving can be hard, but, I’ve found worth it.

Getting Settled

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels).

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Stewart, C. (2019). Getting Settled. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 14, 2019, from


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