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Mood Swings [Aug. 19th, 2010|04:10 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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Noting this mostly for my own purposes.

I felt very ineffective during July; the feelings lessened during August.

I'm not sure if I can point to anything beyond The Big Avoidance (with regard to my writing assignment) that I failed to do... It just seems like July was more of a down month than August has been thus far. It's felt a little bit easier to get started on this or that in the past few weeks than it did last month. (Not that I'm making dramatic progress, but... I have felt like socializing and then have reached out to people and *drumroll* socialized with them! And I've done more work, but then again, I have more work to do right now than I did in July.)

It's possible I have some kind of cycle. Not sure how to track it since I can't really see it on a day-to-day basis & I've had crap luck getting myself to remember to rate my day at the end of it so I can have some kind of measurement. I'm also having difficulty pin-pointing the source of this feeling.

Need to work on it more. Maybe make myself a couple of easy 1-5 bad-to-good measuring thinger type questions and force myself to limit it to just one or two questions instead of a page-full.

Hmm. Maybe I could look at hours I put in at MYP. That's definitely a measure of my getting to bed at a reasonable hour & being able to get out of bed at a reasonable hour. Hmm.

[User Picture]From: muffyjo
2010-08-19 07:22 am (UTC)
If you feel overwhelmed and want someone else to do the math, send me the data of your hours and I'll happily crunch them. You can make a copy, scan it and email it if you'd like.
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[User Picture]From: dpolicar
2010-08-19 09:59 am (UTC)
Since I got out of rehab I have been tracking a number of metrics like this. The way I do it is I have a sheet of graph paper taped to the inside door of the cabinet where I keep my meds, with days along the left and categories along the top... did I take my pills? Did I get at least 8 hours of sleep? Did I do my morning exercise routine? Etc.

This started out as my way of making sure I didn't double-dip or skip medication, and I still use it for that, and add other categories as I decide to start tracking them.

It works pretty well for me; you might find it useful.
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