Tricking yourself outta le sads
The other weekend, I was in bed til 2pm with some hulking great sads.
(A note on progress – it’s not the absence of le sads, but for example, it’s been months and months since this happened. For years it would happen for days or even weeks at a time. Now, it’s somewhat of a nice reminder that it doesn’t happen all the time, and that for me to feel like this, it’s my mind and my body telling me something’s not quite right.)
So anyway, it got to 2pm, and I made two lists.
The first was the list of things I wanted to do emotionally – it was less of a list as it just had one point on it:
Stay in bed and cry.
I also made a rational list of things to do.
Go drink some coffee and explore why I feel so shit.
Naturally, at that point I had no interest in addressing the rational list of things to do, but I also knew that staying in bed and having a big fat cry wasn’t gonna make me feel so good either.
I gave myself ten more minutes to fester in le sads, before getting up and making my way through the rational list, one point at a time.
Lo and behold, gradually, as I made my way through the list, I felt better, and added things to the emotional list I felt like doing. I actually had a pretty stellar afternoon.
Tl:dr; Sometimes to feel good, you gotta do the things you don’t feel like doing.