Feel then Do; or, Do then Feel ... Either One Works
Our minds can convince us that we're too tired or too busy; or that an activity is too boring or too hard. There are way too many stories that our mind can tell us to talk us out of something, yet we have to realize that these are merely thoughts - thoughts that are neither true or helpful.
Your Next Best Steps
- Knowing that doing something can make you feel better, push yourself to do something. If you need to make a deal with your grumpy-thoughts, then give yourself an "out." For instance, if you decide to go for a walk, allow yourself to return back home after 15-minutes if the I-don't-feel-like-doing-this feelings are still there. Chances are, you'll have gotten past the inertia sensation within the first 5 to 10 minutes.
- Start recording your feelings before and after doing an activity - on a scale from 1 - 10 about how wonderful you think it will make you feel (with the end points being "blah" (1) and "woo-hoo" (10)). So you're scoring yourself on what your thoughts are telling you ahead of time; and what the reality was afterwards. Most everyone has a lower pre-score (thoughts), and a higher post-score (reality).
- If you really do hit a "funk" allow yourself to experience it fully - as long as it's short lived. Often times when we honor all of our moods (rather than beating ourselves up that we "shouldn't feel this way") we can move through them more quickly.
Photo - Creative Commons (Jason - 'Sittin on everyone's eggs')