Making Lists for Happier Brains

Why Enumerating Your Issues and Thoughts Is Life Changing

Our daily lives, mental health issues (whether it'd be anxiety, borderline or bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, schizophrenia, etc), physical health troubles, the pressure we put on ourselves, and our responsibilities in all domains of our living reality can all get extremely overwhelming. Many will keep everything inside, push problems aside, and eventually have their difficulties blow up and create an even bigger hassle to deal with than it would have been in the beginning. 

Make lists, and detailed ones, about every single thing you need to do, things about which you are currently thinking about a lot, ANYTHING. They may include more traditional tasks such as completing certain chores or ordering x item, but the list creating I am talking about is a very precise and complete one. 

I strongly encourage you to create a list of your current fears, stresses, difficulties, and negative thoughts in order to transform them into positive ones in the future

As for those who hate to be forced to be long-winded, fear not: The goal of this exercise is to simplify extremely jumbled up mental thoughts

Make lists that are extremely complete. Although it is true that list making can be overwhelming and more discouraging than encouraging when you don't see anything being crossed off, this type of list making is simply about getting everything out on a piece of paper (or your phone, for example) without having to write full sentences or think too much about how you get things out. 

List making is very simple to do, requires very little equipment (pen and paper or electronic device, at most) and is very efficient in improving organization and feelings of achievement, pride and self-understanding.

After finishing the writing, you WILL feel lighter and 95 percent of your worries will most likely be targeted, concrete, and easily identifiable wherever you have written them down as well as in your mind.

Additional Tips: 

  • You can set a timer (5, 10, 15 minutes, etc) to write so that you have some sort of healthy pressure to think quickly and not be able to discard any stress or feeling that you may judge as unimportant: Every thought or worry must be written down!
  • You're a perfectionist or an artsy one? Make your lists pretty, organized, color coded, digital, scrapbooked, ravished with pictures, diagrams, symbols, etc. 
  • You hate anything neat? Make your list extremely rough and simply focus on what's important: Assembling all your problematic and stress-causing thoughts in one common space. 
  • Make it fit in one page or on an easy accessible spread (ie, two pages): This will make looking back on these lists way easier and you will be able to perhaps recognize certain behavioral patterns you have throughout time and find information to cure them and modify them to be healthier fr you!
  • Make these lists every week or day if you can. The more information about what makes your brain dysfunctional and stressed out by times, the more you will know yourself and the better you will be at handling future situations because you know what is a trigger and what isn't. 

What to Do With the Lists:

Find main points and issues and thoughts that are reoccurring in your writing, have them in mind or make a final, summarized list. Then:

  • Talk to others about the problems and issues for advice and support
  • Go see a therapist in order to get professional advice to help with your mental state
  • Google is your best friend! Don't self diagnose, but do try and find tips and coping mechanisms from people who are going through the same things as you are or having the same thinking patterns I have proposed!

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I am not their creator and do not know who the creators are!

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