It is characterized most by narrowing, but it starts by questioning and doubting yourself. Go down a negative path with a particular negative thought and it’s very much like going from a “1” or a “2” to a “10.” From doubting just a little, in a few short minutes, you are doubting where you live, where you work, who you love, and why you’re doing anything you’re doing. That’s a bit of an exaggeration but you can identify. Then there comes the sense that things are beginning to get on top of you -that there is just too much to deal with. That is followed by the sense that you can’t make sense out of things -they just don’t seem to fit together in one way or another.
The DownSpiral shuts you off from your repertoire of strengths, options and abilities. It shuts you off from faith. It shuts you off from doing the very things that keep you in an UpSpiral and gets you to question whether they work or not. In fact, if you were doing the things that worked to keep you in an UpSpiral, you wouldn’t be in a DownSpiral.
Sound familiar? Happens to everybody.
What to do?
Go back and read a few of the blog entries and the strings that follow them.
Start to lean toward love, peace, gratitude, joy or hope. Choose from this list those emotions which are easiest for you to feel, and put them out to the Universe. Don’t even do it for yourself; send them out to someone else.
Go back and read a part of Growing the Positive Mind.
More than once, I have had to go back and read what I have written. I, too, need to be reminded.