How are you doing? How am I doing?
In my practice, one thing I notice consistently (regardless of the root of the problem) is that people aren’t feeling emotionally well, but sometimes can’t identify why. Emotion and logic are in two different parts of the brain. Logically, a good number of us can tell ourselves, “I’m safe”, “I’m doing all I can to be protected from COVID”, “I’m staying home”, “The news is the news, but I am in control where I am”, etc., but did you know that your emotional center is like a sponge?
We absorb emotional states around us automatically, and no, we don’t have to tell our brains to feel anxious or scared- it just happens. So yes, please change the question to “How am I doing?”, and then answer it, make a note of it, and even write it down, so you don’t forget what your signs and symptoms were (and later have a plan of action to how to help yourself if/when you notice these same signs again). Maybe even keep a simple log on the notes on your phone. Perhaps you noticed you were having trouble sleeping, or feeling less patient, or not wanting to talk to people, or that you haven’t been outside to see the sunlight for a few days. Here is a link to a feelings chart if you’re having trouble identifying the feeling (or feelings) https://thechalkboardmag.com/the-feelings-circle-chart-emotional-communication.
Awareness is the first step and once I know how I’m feeling, I can then figure out what to do to “change my tune” from a song I don’t really want to hear right now, to one that makes it a better day. Please stay “tuned” for future posts as we explore topics such as emotions, coping, wellness... and actually “Anything Goes” (oh... hey, Frank).