It's a weekday, about 8 or 9 in the evening. You've had a long day at work, or a long day with the kids, or both. You've managed to get through the dinner hour. Everyone's fed, dishes are done, kids are bathed and off to bed, and you are finally able to relax. You have this small space of time in the evening that's yours, and you are soooo looking forward to it.
Have you noticed that anxiety seems to be more acute late at night? It is. This is particularly true if you are dealing with a problem that you haven't found a way to resolve. The truth is, anxiety is almost always worse late at night or in the early morning. Whatever bothers you during the day takes on a whole new life after you climb into bed, and then some.
Do you see yourself as a mentally healthy person?
That's one of those complex questions that usually has people either giving a super quick answer of "Yes!", because the alternative would be "No" which simply isn't an option, or you get a weak and trailing off "I'm not sure . . .", because the question is rather complex and requires some thought. It does require some thought actually, because what most of us think of as mental health is really something more along the lines of "emotional health." Here's why.
Okay, so tell me if you've been here before . . .
I started my Monday morning off silently complaining to myself about all the stuff I had to do in the week ahead. Not enough time, too many intrusions, how will I ever get my blog writing done, work on my book, see clients I have scheduled, take care of my dogs, do house stuff, and on and on and on . . .