When struggling with anxiety, depression or other mood related issues it may take a myriad of approaches to elicit shifts.
By becoming more acutely aware of what’s happening in one’s life - in this case by charting mood, sleep, energy, food intake, substance use, exercise, physical health, stressors and assets - potential relationships between moods and various factors may become more visible. This knowledge affords one the opportunity to make choices in their life that supports their well-being.
The gathering of this information may also assist in providing answers for why moods fluctuate. For example, although moods might seemingly change out of the blue, a closer examination of various factors may reveal connections between changing feeling states and certain circumstances. This awareness can help people to relax in knowing there might be reasons for discomfort or fluctuating moods rather than random unpredictable shifts. However, it is important to note that sometimes people may not be able to see these relationships or feel paralyzed to make certain choices in their lives. In these cases, sometimes the use of a log can encourage people to do something, however small, to support their well-being. Or perhaps in reviewing the log they may notice actions or behaviors they otherwise might have taken for granted that actually supported them in some way. Also the incorporation of a consistent, simple, daily activity can serve as a positive distraction and potentially provide a sense of purpose.
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