Reviving Prone to Hope & ways to deal with negative self-chatter.

The following post is stolen word-for-word from a Facebook post I wrote this morning. Read no further if you’ve seen that. But please leave a comment if you like.

I’m thinking about reviving my blog, “Prone to Hope.” I’ve been engaged in a lot of Anxiety-induced, negative self-talk for the past couple of months. It’s helpful for me to write about my work toward health. And, I feel value in sharing for many reasons:

• I don’t think we talk enough about Anxiety and Depression in society in general.

• Therefore, those close to us don’t know how to help someone struggling through their difficult times.

• I don’t want others who suffer from feeling alone.

As most readers of my Facebook feed know, I suffer from chronic Anxiety and Depression, and that my Depression is held in check by the meds I take. My Anxiety, while much better than without meds, is still an issue I deal with daily. Followers of this feed also know that I am a fan of both meds and talk therapy. I check in with my therapist as needed, and I don’t like saying, now is one of those times. Again, I’ve been engaged in a lot of negative self-talk for the past couple of months. Thankfully, I’ve reached out for help. I’ve been seeing my therapist for about a month now; we’ve still got some things for me to hash through.

All this is a precursor to note that I’m halfway through a podcast on dealing with negative self-chatter in the brain. While I may need to give it a second listen with a notepad nearby, one approach I remember quite clearly is that I can ask, “Michael, how detrimental will the current issue you’re feeling Anxiety about be in six months?” Answer: “I probably won’t even remember it.”

There’s a lot of power in thinking about this mental time travel. It ranks up there with other advice I’ve received. When my internal voice has me beating myself up, I try to heed my friend Tom’s advice, “What would you tell a friend to do in this situation?” That leads to another gem. When I’m telling myself how stupid I am, would I ever say to a friend they are stupid? No. So why should I do so when it’s my internal voice? There’s plenty more great advice I receive — much from my wife, Rebecca. So that leads to tons of personal reflections I could share if I revived the blog — even if only temporarily.

Anyhow, I just felt compelled to share today as well as ponder the idea of sharing ore thoughts on Prone to Hope.