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Is it an Everyday Emotion or Something Serious?

No one feels wonderful all of the time. I don't. You don't. No one does. But how do you when somethin
Is it an Everyday Emotion or Something Serious?
No one feels wonderful all of the time.
I don’t. You don’t. No one does.
But how do you when something is more than just a temporary negative feeling?

That’s what we’ll talk about in today’s issue.

"I'm" OK versus "I'm really struggling"
Sometimes you’re dealing with a temporary negative feeling.
And sometimes you’re dealing with a mental health challenge that is more serious.
How do you know the difference?
This is not a medical newsletter.
This a newsletter about making mental health more accessible.
But as a person who has dealt with mental health issues his whole life, and as a master’s-level social worker, here’s the conventional wisdom:
Is it affecting you from living your normal, everyday life?
I have obsessive-compulsive tendencies.
I take medicine for a mild form of OCD, and it has really helped me.
And this is coming from someone who wasn’t a big believer in medicine.
That is, until I started taking something that helped keep intrusive thoughts and obsessive actions at bay.
I’ll give you an example of what I mean with the “I’m OK” / “I’m struggling” dichotomy.
I love to read. I read all the time.
But there was a point in my life when I was really struggling.
I latched onto the idea that I needed to read as much as possible. I couldn’t stop.
I would fly through one book only so I could get to the next one and cross another book off my list. I felt that I didn’t have enough time to read everything I wanted to read.
It was affecting my daily quality of living.
My need to do as much as possible was affecting my life in a negative way. It was causing huge amounts of anxiety.
This kind of situation is different from, say, passing anxiety I might get when I need to prepare for a presentation.
With the presentation, I know I’m capable, but it’s normal to feel some anxiety about it because I want it to go well.
This is the difference I’m talking about. One situation was debilitating. The other is a common occurrence that most people experience.
To recap, you’re not going to feel great all the time.
A lot of your negative feelings will be part of everyday living.
But the questions to consider are these:
Are your current actions/behaviors/thoughts/whatever preventing me from enjoying my normal routines?
From participating in your life tasks and relationships?
Quote of the Day
Sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through our life without any obstacles, we would be crippled. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. Give every opportunity a chance, leave no room for regrets.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Questions to Ask Yourself
What am I feeling at this moment?
Why am I feeling it?
Is this feeling something that can be reasonably expected, or is something that feels totally foreign?

I hope you have a joyful, productive day,
Jordan

P.S. Did you know that you can share these daily issues on social media? If one of them really resonates with you, why don’t you share it with your networks? Just scroll down and tap the “Tweet” or “Share” buttons. We fight stigma when we talk about mental health on a daily basis.
P.P.S. I appreciate you.
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