"Mental Health" is a worthy and unpredictable opponent... or is it?
(Spoiler Alert: Yes, yes, it is.)
However, that being said, just like your favorite mythical beasts of imagination, with enough research and backstory there are in fact patterns to be found. Data can be gathered to make sense of seemingly unexpected changes in our moods, anxiety, sleep, triggers, etc. The trick is, like any good television show or movie, we often only come into thinking about our mental health when something scary or discomforting happens. Werewolves, werecougars, and shapeshifters alike, find themselves waking up confused, naked in a field, covered in blood, and picking fur out from in between incisors. This happens a couple of times, and they start to think, "Hmm... I should really figure out what's going on here."
How often do we wakeup well rested, with a positive attitude, bodies that feel good, and think, "Hmm... I should really figure out what's going on here?"
It doesn't happen very often, but it should! Whether or not you're doing other healing work like therapy, getting mindful about what is and isn't nurturing to your body, what cycles are happening, and what triggers might be catching you off guard is all worthy data to have about yourself.
How might you do that? Great question!
Now to the rest of my metaphor... have you heard about Bullet Journaling?
It's nothing super complicated, in fact, it's innovation is in it's simplicity. It's a system to help you get organized. It combines aspects of a calendar/to do list with the option to add in other things you might want to track, remember, and/or brainstorm about. [Like, for example, flannel meme ideas.] It is also very customizable so you can figure out what works for you! You can take down your mental health werewolves.. I mean challenges... as long as you know what your silver bullet is!
So once you get the super simple layout, take a deep breath, and then head to Pinterest to see all the ways to complicate your Bullet Journal in wonderful mental health tracking ways!
To organizing, conquering, and understanding our inner werewolves,