Let’s start with the obvious.
Working from home is a little much.
Now being self-employed, with the freedom to work from home, I’ve found how old that gets. So today I traveled to a semi-close coffee shop in Chicago to work for the afternoon. Naturally as I’m working, other things are coming to mind.
relationships. friendships. the new city. my living situation. how lonely i am. how isolated things feels.
My thoughts quickly head south and my mood darkens.
Now I have written about my new adventure into the book “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”. So I whipped out that book and flipped to chapter 31, titled “Become Aware of Your Moods and Don’t Allow Yourself to Be Fooled by the Low Ones”. I’ve highlighted the chapters that really hit me so I can access them quickly when my brain attacks.
Five minutes prior I wrote this in my journal: “The group of guys I’ve met so far are nice, although I still feel like an outsider.”
DUH! It’s my 6th day in a new city! That entry led to more negative feelings, loneliness, and self-pity.
But Chapter 31 came to the rescue:
“Your own moods can be extremely deceptive. They can, and probably do, trick you into believing your life is far worse than it really is.”
Bingo! As soon as I read that, I looked to what I had written in my notebook and laughed. My anxiety melted away and had another moment of clarity and accuracy. I don’t pretend to understand the human body or psyche…but the fact our mood manipulates our brain or our brain can worsen (or better) our moods is mind boggling.
Chapter 31 is my best friend.