In the past week, five helper apps for people diagnosed with major or minor depression have fallen into my restless hands at once.
I didn’t take them seriously. I had a simple goal: to play around and find an application that I would recommend to clients.
Four out of five I eliminated immediately. I’m a lazy person, and apps forced me to take cumbersome tests and open a million tabs at once.
Here it is worth making excuses: if I was too lazy to take these tests, then a person with depression, all the more so, cannot cope with this task.
But one application interested me: beautiful and simple. A minimum of thumb movements, everything is clear at a glance. How I love. I decided to test it seriously.
The next morning, in a bathrobe and barefoot, I wandered to the kettle and did the only thing needed for the application to work.
Noticed the mood. You move your finger in a circle and stop next to the right word.
That morning, the word was Okay. Then the application, in the best traditions of my mother, asked: “Yeah, but how okay?” And offered to choose one or two more suitable words.
And herein lies the wonder of this little app. I didn’t think when I noted the mood.
But in order to catch the tone, the intonation of my Okay, I had to think and look inside myself. On the first day, I chose Anxiety. Worrying.
When Okay was followed by Anxiety for three days in a row, I really thought about it. What causes my anxiety? I had to look for an answer to this question.
Interestingly, if the app didn’t make me explore my feelings every morning, I would still live with the knowledge that I’m Okay.
This is an important rule of anxiety: it hides from our eyes. Understanding that we are worried is not easy. To do this, you need to think, look inside yourself, explore the mood in detail.
And so, when I pulled anxiety into the light, the application asked me: “What can we do to be less anxious today?”.
Or rather, I asked myself, and the application rolled out to me a list of things that can reduce anxiety. Two to four sessions (in the Goals app) and the anxiety subsides.
If I now note the mood, it will be “Good” with a hint of “Happy” and “Relaxed”. It was worth a week every day to read more, walk and meditate once.
From all this week’s story, two conclusions are especially important to me:
🍃 Anxiety is an invisible thing. I know this from psychology textbooks. But knowing and seeing by example are two different things.
🍃Complicated feelings are resolved through simple actions. Again, I can say that I have always known this. But I convinced myself.
And what are your little discoveries this winter?