Is there a specific time of day where you struggle mentally and emotionally?…
There is a certain time of day that is particularly difficult for me. On most days of the week from about 4-7pm, I find myself having to fight thoughts that can range from feelings of melancholy to anxious fretting. Why? Well, I really don’t know.
I did research on; cortisol levels in the afternoon, FMS & anxiety, late afternoon depression, ect., but I still could not find anything that stood out. I want to chalk it up to some sort of FMS anxiety/depression symptom. You know, something to do with ‘chemical imbalances’, and ‘chronically messed up hormones’. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any solid research to support this. Truthfully, I’ve had this issue for years, well before having full-blown FMS/CFS. I simply have a hard time during those 3 hours of the day.Is there a specific time of day where you struggle mentally and emotionally?... Click To Tweet
It always takes me by surprise. That sounds ridiculous considering it has happened on a regular basis for about 20 years. When I realize I’ve slipped into a ‘spot’, I’ll think, “Wow. Now why am I thinking about (fill in the blank)?…Oh yeah! It’s 4:30!”… So weird.
I don’t know if anyone else deals with this. You may have no idea what I’m talking about, or you may struggle with anxious ‘episodes’ several times a day. Regardless of how often they happen, low moods are something everyone experiences at some point. Listed below are a few tricks I’ve learned that seem to help:
Low Afternoon Mood Levels ~ How To Deal With A ‘Bad Time Of Day’
Be Aware ~ Know the time of day that you are prone to have anxious and/or dark thoughts. Quite often, just being aware that it’s ‘that time of day’ can help you ‘head it off at the pass’, and take the steps necessary to keep your thoughts from taking root too deeply. If that happens, those thoughts can give rise to distressing emotions that become hard to break free from.
Enjoy ~ If possible, have something healthy and pleasurable on hand to do; reading the latest book you’ve fallen in love with, a ‘hands-on’ activity like knitting/coloring/cooking/simple home improvement task/art project ect. Anything fortifying that will distract your thinking, and build-up rather than tear at your mind.
Noise Distraction ~ I find it hard to concentrate on negative thoughts when the sound of soothing music is present. A good acoustic guitar is perfect for this- (Craig D’Andrea is an incredible artist/musician):
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