Affect Calendar January 2017

January Calendar for keeping track of Ones daily Affect —
Affect and mood are a descriptions of common body/mind tenants such as:
physical energy, mental sharpness, fatigue, attitude , posturing and feeling … and they are often common with life events, sleep, exercise , and sunlight.

Simple charting tools like these can be useful for the dialogue with one’s doctor on the next visit — or for one’s own health awareness.

↡ PDF download here↡

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you may download this PDF mood chart for bipolar disorder if you wish, freely.
I made and its free. click the link below for PDF
(readable with Adobe Acrobat, Foxit reader, Open office etc.)

Other mood tracking and charting tools at
https://echopen.wordpress.com/charts/

Free Html Calendar maker at
http://freehtmlcalendar.com/

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Hierarchy of needs

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Hierarchy of Needs model


When i worked the phones , one of the useful templates was”Maslows Hierarchy of Needs”. This is a loose diagram on the basic structure of personal needs a person maintains as he/she moves towards “personal actualization” or growth and social productivity as Maslow saw the individual.
The real motivation of this diagram ―published with Motivation and Personality  often taught diagram in psychology classes , was to suggest a foundation of “needs” were to be discussed when studying the potential of the individual and the transition to actualization of positive accomplishments in family, community, ecosystem, etc.
As  one might expect ― an actual diagram for each person would differ a bit from person to person… this point- has even  been debated in psychology articles over the decades.

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SO  in  working the phones in the past;  after allowing one to vent as i was trained::
if it was clear the calling -person was in crisis, i would sway  the “client” to focus on his basic needs.  try to get them to focus one the tenant that needed addressed the most at that moment.
Its very easy to forget ones self  in work , family- , and distractions these days…
Our my needs being met on a daily basis? am i weakening my health by not caring of myself
am i responsible to myself (or even others, arguably)  by taking care of my own tenants?

Fun time!  below is a  downloadable image (right click and download)
and  below that a link for a PDF…
A simple fill in the blank exercise  to see how one would make their hierarchy:

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right click to download. No Warranty .

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PDF version that should match A4 size if easier::

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its a little like decorating  a  Christmas tree!
Happy Holidays!!!

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Zone Mapping with Gestalt Perspective

I was on my way to a gardening class this weekend, when I got to thinking about “Zone Maps”.
Zone Mapping is a graphical method in permaculture design that is used to organize and compare systems (most often ecosystems, landscaping, sustainable gardens, and conservatory area regeneration,etc).
After intensive observation of a system, One drafts a zone map with concentric circles. The simplest zone map would start with something like this
Zone 0 – basic necessities of people and dwelling areas.
Zone 1 – areas of ecosystem designated as support of basic necessities
Zone 2 – semi-wild. this is areas with lots of edges.. where system meet (i.e Ecotone)
Zone 3 – the wild. untamed or unknown areas or areas not of use.

Zone maps can be applied to more than just landscape or conservatory projects. A designer can use them to graphically map out communities, business models and just about anythings. This is an application to aid the study and comparison of things and concepts as systems.

Which lead me to thinking about the Gestalt perspective, which includes the study and comparison of “wholes
So I experimented with some zone-mapping with Gestalt:

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Gestalt Contact Awareness

o basic necessities basic needs
basic responsibilities
esteem
meaning
1  support of  basic necessities “nourishment”
cultivation of skills
growth, learning
2  semi-wild
edges
interaction of systems
contact
new interpersonal activity
interacting with environment
3 wild
unused or unknown
Withdraw
expulsion  ideas and activity
that is either “toxic” or
“no longer fits”
letting go

 

This is what a ‘zone map on gestalt perspective’ might look like:

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My zone map is a comparison and between: a simplified organization of a ecological design ;
and an organization of developing awareness from Gestalt therapy perspective. Note these are just my conjectures just for zone mapping practice.
I am starting to learn how to use zone maps, so this one is rough… missing a few components.
I hope to post improved experiments later as I learn.

Daily Feeling Chart, Alternate Version

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I would like my first post of this year to be another feeling.. or emotion tracking  chart.  Your excited… so am I (photo, right).
I am glad  that the   Daily Emotion Chart  for Special Needs Children has been relatively well received, since I first posted it , years ago.  But I think  emotions charting or tracking can be useful for more than just children.  For adolescent  boys and girls and adults, managing mental disorder or just having trouble expressing their selves confidently, a emotion chart tool can be just as useful.  working on Emotional grammar It can never hurt anyone, of any a age.

The emotion tracking  chart  (the one tagged for children that I have posted previously)  could be used by anyone at any age, or expanded upon… but I had to give it name (for the search engines of the interwebs);  and it was based on a previous Daily-feeling-track,jpgexperience with a friend and her childs needs .   So I am   adding  another example of a chart for emotional vocabulary.

My theory is (and I certainly don’t think I’m alone in this thought) that one can learn to make most of his or her own personal management tools;  by customizing them for his/her own needs; or the needs of themselves with  peers, support,  communicating to their doctors etc.
The creativity and control  that comes with   personalizing and maintaining  one’s   own toolbox only serves to build confidence and command over health management, IMHO.
However this one I made is free to download in several formats.  Use them as is…. or  just make your own charts,

Alternate Daily Feeling Tracker Sheet:

For more Tracking charts please check out the “Charts” tab above.
Thanks!

Simple Daily Emotions Chart for Children (revised)

This is a  quick revision   of    post:  “Daily Emotion Chart for special needs kids.” the chart is deliberately  simple following the K.I.S.S  method.  Although it was inspired to help  a  child with special needs,   anyone could use it modify it or make their own.  The next post will feature a new simple feeling chart or tracker that is better suited for adolescents or adults.
Now, I have to go shovel Snow,  have a great day!
-Chris.

I have a friend with a special needs child. She told me  that, she was upset. She  unable to communicate what she saw in her child’s behaviour at home to her sons teachers at school. Her son’s teachers were having a very difficult time managing him at school. Because the child was diagnosed with a mood disorder (as well as some serious behaviour problems and patterns)
I suggested having him fill out  a mood chart to aid in comparing his behaviour with affect over time. Somewhere I found an hourly mood chart on the WEB, downloaded it, and made some copied her.
I found out a couple months later, That the teachers at the school were actually sitting down and filling out the chart with her son. My friend was filling it out the chart at home as well and sharing with case workers and her child’s psychiatrist.
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It was the  simplest tool that helped aid  a child to communicate what he was feeling to his teachers, his mother and his professionals. A simple aid to help people get on the same page.
Sadly I cannot find the mood chart I downloaded back then, so i thought I’d take the time to create a simple new one.

Not only does a feeling chart give the support people to  a special needs child a better understanding of what the child is thinking…

It gives a child a chance to do something many are just afraid to do…Voice what they are feeling. Express themselves confidently.

emotions-chart-picture  There many kinds of charts, colorful ones…
but since i make no money for making charts, well my chart is simple.

You can download a PDF copy (readable with Adobe, Foxit Open office, etc) Clicking Here:

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A download is also available on the Charts Tab of Pennsylvania Echoes Blog.

UPDATE

Since the the original post  I have offered the  Daily Simple Feeling Chart for  children in a couple other formats:

 Available in  Doc(Ms Word) and Odt formats (Open Office / LibreOffice  Writer Formats)

Arthritis Pain Management Charts, updated formats

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 Word and Writer   PDF and Spreadheet

I’ve added to the free downloadable Arthritis Pain Management Chart:
The new formats include Doc(MS Word) ODT (Writer)  XLS (Excel)  in addition to the previous PDF version.

Arthritis Pain Management charts are a handy way to study triggers and pain symptoms for ones management with his doctor or health care professionals.  Simply fill out the chart once a day.
The downloads are free for use… as is.
for the downloads click on the links below:

Sorry.   Libre Office/ Open Office spreadsheet format not available right now.

More Charts are available on the Charts Tab on the menu above.

Hourly Mood and Symptom Chart

Mood charts and symptom charts are simple tools for tracking symptoms over along period of time. But many mood disorder managers may experience intrusive mood fluctuations or other symptoms (anxiety for example) in  shorter periods of time.
Mental Health  Consumers  diagnosed with  Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorders, Post-Traumatic Disorder, for example, can experience fast changing moods, energy levels or anxiety. Mood can shift to extremes, multiple times a day,
In any case, rapid cycling of moods can be debilitating, making it difficult to function through ones daily life.

I thought it might be helpful to create a downloadable  chart for tracking  moods and symptoms  hourly, or over  intervals over a day. This mood chart is for those who are trying get a handle highly fluctuating moods.

Hourly mood and Symptom Chart

                    

So I made a simple chart for tracking mood and symptoms hour by hour if necessary.
the left thumbnail is a view of this chart.
the right is an example of what one might look like filled out.
(sorry if it looks a little clumsy.)

The chart has enough columns to chart 48 hours. Since charting hour by hour may be a bit tedious for ones needs , the top row is left blank so one could label the time slots  that suits them best.

you may download this PDF mood chart freely r if you wish,
I made and its free. click the link below for PDF
(readable with Adobe Acrobat, Foxit reader, Open office etc.)

Hourly mood and symptom tracking chart PDF

Also the chart  available  in MS doc format and Open Office odt (writer format).

As always these charts are to encourage your own creativity in making tools  in wellness management.