I am in a mood swing as I write this, so I will show you my strategy first, then I’ll work through the system myself.
First, get clear on what you are experiencing.
The questions below will help guide you. It helps if you write down your answers to these questions in a journal, on your computer, in an app on your smartphone, or anywhere else that you can return to later.
Each time you experience a mood swing, take notes! Help your future self by monitoring and recording what works and what doesn’t. Next time, you can reference your notes at the first sign of a mood swing and take steps to stop it even earlier!
Let’s work through this together. First, I need
to identify what I’m experiencing.
I’m outside at one of my favorite work spots. I
came here to work. I can’t work. I feel miserable. I WANT to work, but
it’s just so hard. I have a lot of negative thoughts and worries.
I am now going to breathe. I am going to release my shoulders. Think of the movie I’m seeing this afternoon. Smile even though I don’t feel like it. I am going to talk to my brain and tell it to leave me alone. Then I will get as much work done as possible. Even a few minutes is better than none.
Just writing this helped me see why I am having my typical work issues. Instead of spiraling into negative thinking and pure frustration, I can see that depression and anxiety are here. This is part of my life. I can still work. It will just be painful right now. All episodes end.
We can stop mood swings in the middle. It will at least put us on a different path
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