Do you know how to do that? I realized yesterday that I don't, really. I have strong days and I have weak days. Problem is, on my strong days it seems that whatever happens, I can deal with it. On my weak days, it seems that no matter what happens, it sets me back or upsets me in some way. Maybe you've experienced this.
In DBT there is a skill they teach called Wise Mind. It's nothing new, but simply an old idea that they can bill my insurance for. :) Wise Mind means being balanced between Reason Mind and Emotion Mind and not leaning exclusively on one or the other. It's what I learned on my first day of group, way back in August of '03. (Has it really been that long?)
On my strong days it's easy to be in Wise Mind. It's no problem for me to respond to my environment in skillful and constructive ways. My issue with strong days is that on strong days I feel as though I'll always feel this good, and can't imagine feeling other ways.
On my weak days it's hard to do anything at all, much less be in Wise Mind about it. Any event, large or small, can make the day even more sour. Even something good happening may not help. I am weak on those days. On weak days, I can't imagine ever feeling good and I really really don't like the Me that got to have a good day, and I think of what an idiot she was. I can't ever imagine feeling differently, and I can't relate to the good feelings.
So this is my dilemma: when I doing better, how do I keep in mind that things won't always be like this, so that I'm not crushed when they change? And when I'm doing worse, how do I remember that my situation will improve soon and then make wise decisions in the process?
Just...what I've been thinking about.