Friday, July 30, 2010

Deduction or Induction.

I've been feeling "funny" the past few days. Quicker than usual to tears and irritation. For example, I got teary today in Costco because I saw a woman who looked like my grandmother did when she was alive. When this "funny feeling" happens, I usually run through a little check-list to see if I can identify what's causing this funny feeling. I'm not sure if it's inductive or deductive reasoning, but it works for me !

A. Have I been feeling this way for longer than 2 weeks ? If yes, I probably need to make an appointment with a counselor. If no, then continue to check in with myself.
B. Have I been feeling this way for longer than 3 days ? If yes, then think more about this to figure out what's going on. If no, then think about it if I want to, but certainly don't worry about it.

In this case, it's been longer than 3 days but less than 2 weeks. So I move to the next set of questions.

1. What's going on with my hormones ? (I've found that I hit a rough spot on days 12-16 of my 26 day cycle).
In this case, my feeling funny has been days 1 - 8.
2. Is there a primary issue that is causing me stress ? (This question often requires quite a bit of self-exploration and reflection that I usually do during my commute to work. I almost always get at the root of the issue within 20 minutes or so, simply because I have the time to do nothing else but think. And drive or sit my ass on the metro, of course.)
Not anything out of the ordinary.
3. How does the house look ? (I feel a tiny bit anxious when the house is messy).
In this case, it was a little bit messy but I got it straightened up yesterday and today.
4. Am I exercising ? (I feel more emotional if I am not exercising regularly).
No, I was exercising 2-4 times a week for the past few months and I have not exercised in 12 days.
5. Am I getting enough sleep ? (Self-explanatory)
No, I am not. What's more, I feel tired.

Ding ding ding ding ding. We have a winner - questions number 4 and 5 indicate the likely cause of this funny feeling. Fix those things, and that funny feeling will likely go away !!!

What this exercise does for me is help me see where I can make changes that will most likely result in me feeling better. I'll still keep an eye on the calendar and if it goes to 2 weeks, then I'll make a call because I obviously need some help figuring out what's going on.

This isn't anything I read somewhere, it's just something I made up on my own after a few years of really, really fabulous counseling.

So, I'm going to get Mr. Quimby up from watching tv and we are heading upstairs. What's more, I'm going to a jazzercise class tomorrow at 8am. My sister is coming to visit so it will be hard to get a good night's sleep when I want to stay up late talking, but she goes to bed on the early side so that will help.

I deduce I'll feel better by Sunday morning !


Stimey said...

What a great way to get to the root of the problem. However, I gotta tell you, I was sure that by the end of the post you would tell me that the root of the problem was that you were pregnant.

Elaine said...

Stimey - I emailed TSM and told her the same thing! Clearly, great minds think alike, even if they're wrong in this case.

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