Questions for Me
Questions for Me
Every seasonal change I ask myself a few questions. It's sort of a mental tune-up for me. It has nothing to do with asking during a mood swing because I don't have the focus to answer at those times. The seasonal timing is haphazard. I have to feel normal and it has to be a nice day.
I ask myself: Am I happy? When during the day am I happiest? Where am I happiest? With whom am I the happiest (can't answer "myself")? What am I doing to make me happy? Why am I physically here at this given place (don't ask when in bathroom)? What is my present purpose in life, my goal? Have I communicated my goal to anyone? Am I often in a state of chaos? Am I just treading water? Do I remember thoughts in my mood swings? Am I prepared not to fall too deeply into a mood? How am I prepared to hold onto some normalcy during a mood? Can I ask for help? Who do I ask and when? What are my core values? Do I just give lip service to them or can I apply them to a given set of circumstances? Can my core values still take precedence in any mood? What is consistent in my mood behavior? Is that behavior a problem or just an irritant for me and for others? Am I aware of my emotions and feelings in and out of a mood? Am I angry especially in a manic mood? Externally, am I exercising enough? Am I eating properly? Am I ill physically beyond my chronic problems? Am I getting regular treatment for my chronic problems? And finally, is this the year I end therapy, a main stay in treatment since 1991?
I won't bore anybody with my answers for they only mean something to me. But I do recommend doing as I do and maybe the above questions will help with the creation of a set of assessment questions.