Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Do Regular Anxiety and Depression Level Checks


How are you anxiety levels today?  Is your depression better or worse than yesterday?  If you suffer from any invisible illness such as these, you should be doing regular self-checks if you are trying to ease your affliction.  When was the last time you gave yourself a mental health check-up?  Hopefully you read the second step of my 10 step program to better mental health and have done a thorough assessment of your inner self.

If you haven't done a mental health check-up lately, stop for a moment and do a quick one now.  Feel how the present moment is affecting you and how reactive your anxiety is to negative thoughts.  Force yourself to think about an unprocessed thought that usually causes your fear or anxiety, just for a moment.  Monitor how the thought makes you feel and what level of reaction you have.  Are you feeling in control today, or did the thought cause feelings of panic and the beginnings of an overwhelming surge of anxiety?

This will give you an idea of where your current natural levels are at.  Personally, I can feel anxiety in the pit of my stomach this morning, but when I subject it to negative thoughts, it does not surge upwards at the moment.  It is there and I am aware of it, but it does not have control of me today.  I monitor this throughout each day and I suggest you think about doing the same.  Otherwise, how will you know if you are improving or declining from day to day?

Self-monitoring is essential if you are trying to overcome and mental affliction.  The more you monitor your invisible issues, the more you will recognize changes in your discomfort levels and be able to identify what is causing them.  If you are not doing check-ups throughout each day, how will you be able to diagnose changes in your own symptoms?  If your depression is pulling you further down into the pit today, what caused the change from yesterday?

I am asking a lot of questions in this article so that you will ask them of yourselves.  By monitoring and identifying symptom changes on a regular basis, we can begin to take action to resolve inner conflicts.  Practicing this each day is step 6 of my program.

When we have a physical illness we are able to monitor the symptoms much more easily, and based on positive or negative changes in the illness, we can take steps to alter its course.  If something gets infected, we can clean it or use an antibiotic to improve the infection.  Invisible illnesses are quite similar.  When we have a negative reaction to a situation or thought, we can identify it and ask ourselves questions about it.

Why am I feeling this way?  Why is that thought causing me discomfort?  Find answers and find relief each time.  Find relief on a regular basis and things will improve.  Although I am still feeling some discomfort from my illness, I have noticed improvements each day because I am paying attention.  This keeps the positive attitude.  Self-monitoring basically means to pay attention to yourself.

If you do nothing and hope that your issues will repair themselves, they likely won't.  If you start to take steps each day to monitor your own progress, you will better understand what brings you down and what brings you relief.  Pay attention to both and learn all you can about them when they happen.  The more you know about your anxiety, depression, or any other invisible illness, the better chance you have of winning the battle within.

I have used these methods and can tell you that they work.  Your path in life is yours and if you want peace and happiness, you must take control of your course.  Take control of your mental health problems by learning about them.  Take on the challenge because you are worth it.  Depression and anxiety hide in the darkness, and the more you pay attention and recognize them, the more they will have to enter the light.  Negative thoughts and feelings don't exist very well in the light!

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