Prescription for depression: take depression temperature – daily. I try most days. My temperature checklist is food, mood, mind, body, weather, yesterday, today, tomorrow. I answer good, bad, or ok beside each item on the list. It is my reality check to start the day. It not only forces me to measure and consciously think about my mood, but to acknowledge factors that might affect my mood such as weather or what I did yesterday.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance makes this simple recommendation which might encourage you to take your depression temperature daily:
Track Key Health Trends
- Overall mood
- Mood disorder symptoms
- Lifestyle (including sleep, exercise, etc.)
- Medication (and side effects)
- Physical health
For more help with taking your depression temperature daily, there are several mood trackers available online. Here is
1. the simplest,
2. more complex,
You be the judge. You could use these samples to make your own.
Or you could try one of the great mood apps available now. Isla Watson writes about it on Good Content.
What is the difference between taking your temperature depression daily and keeping a mood chart? They are similar but the purpose is different. Taking your depression temperature daily is just for you, to equip you and warn you and ready you to face the truth each and every day. Keeping a mood chart is something you do not just for you, but also for your health care provider, further equiping them and you to uncover the mystery of your particular situation.
I try most days to take my depression temperature. My own personal simple temperature checklist is
beside each item on the list. You may want to make your own list too.
Why take your depression temperature daily? To help yourself realize pitfalls which might be ahead, or to help you realize that maybe today is not a good day and you should lay low if you can, or cancel some activities if necessary.
Acknowledging how you feel each day, MONITORING HOW YOU FEEL, keeps you vigilant with your condition.
NOT MONITORING each day keeps you ignorant and unprepared.
NOT MONITORING is like going into a battle unarmed.
What about you? How are you feeling today? Would you like to try to take your depression temperature daily and see how beneficial it can be?
I am so glad you dropped by Depression Getaway today. There is hope for depression.
Don't give up. I'm praying for you, right now:
I know how much you love the person who is reading this right now. Please show them today how much you love them. Please help them with whatever they are facing today and give them recovery from depression.