Ever been laughed out of a bad mood? Had the blues disappear by way of music? Go from listless to perky because of a friend’s phone call?
Just goes to show how transient moods are and how easily we can take actions to help a sad mood, to move along. I think it’s easiest to understand this when times are happy and trials are few. It’s definitely harder to believe when you’ve already sunk in the funk. When it feels that the good-ship hasn’t merely sailed, it’s sunk.
I know that thinking it will work is a big part of it. Even when scoffing to yourself for thinking anything is going to bring back a vibrant, jazzed, bubbly mood, force yourself to apply the antidote.
It could be watching silly kitty videos on YouTube. It could be cranking up the music and dancing and singing at the top of your lungs. It could be phoning a friend and NOT moaning about your troubles—just friendly chatting is what’s needed.
It could be all 3 and a dozen more. Make a mental list. Keep it handy and employ it as soon as you recognize the blues are slipping in. I’m not saying to never be sad or blue. Those lows are definitely a part of life and make the highs that much sweeter. I’m simply advocating recognizing the mood shift and being aware that when you are ready to, you can take action to feel better.
Smile. Be happy. Sing and dance.
Banjo Case Smiley