Welcome to Week 2 of this free email series designed to help you identify and cage your monkey mind.
Email 1 from last week asks you to consider a broad question.
Writing the first email in this series, I felt like a professor imparting information to help you solve a problem I had conquered.
The truth is, we don't conquer monkey minds. We don't conquer the tendency to do the wrong thing. We rarely "eliminate" self-destructive tendencies.
We learn to manage and live with the issues that threaten our wellbeing.
💥 The day after writing the intro to this series, my 🐵🧠 wrecked my ability to function at even 90%.
🏎 It felt like my brain was gonna cause "the big one" at Talladega (one of the fastest auto racing tracks in the U.S.).
😬 Every muscle felt like coiled springs.
I call this symptom "Barney Fife brain."
📻 I talked like a $3 radio.
📈 Anxiety spiked.
🛌 Couldn't sleep.
💓 Heart rate could have provided electricity for my entire region.
Can journaling be the solution for manic episodes like this?
Journaling can be a solution.
First though, I must recognize something is out of control.
- Heart rate?
- Something else?
I switched up the question from last week:
This email began with what last week's episode was doing to me.
The exercise allowed me to gather evidence about what might be the root cause.
As I reviewed my responses, I knew what I needed to do:
- Call my doc
- Longer soaks in the 🛀🏻
- Keep working my journaling routine
- Double and triple-down on my breathing exercises
- Add a few gentle stretching exercises to my routine
My doc and I switched out some blood pressure meds. Combined with the four other action items, I'm feeling so much better.
Here's a journal entry:
Instead of succumbing to lies about what was happening to me, I looked for, and found, information from journal entries, heart rate data, and my long-time family physician.
The process I used mirrors Jon Acuff's three-step method for silencing the irrational part of our brain.
Between now and next week's installment of this series, please think about this question as a tool for gathering evidence:
What is your monkey mind DOING to you?
Some categories to consider
- Mental health
- Ability to focus
- Reasoning skills
In next week's email, we will walk through the consequences of short-and long-term manic monkey-mind-powered episodes.
From there, we share a few journaling tools to help you nip a monkey mind episode in the bud.
P.S. Questions? Reply. I will respond.