Yup, those techniques I'd blogged about, from CBT cognitive behaviour therapy (Beck-related) really work, at least for me.
So long as I'm continuing to work 'em . . . and I am working 'em, ploughing through the moody stuff pretty successfully. If I actually time a moody episode -- rarely does it last longer than 20-40 minutes before I get distracted! Particularly when I'm actually looking to distract myself. Even when I'm thinking temporarily that my life is a vale of tears, in truth I don't naturally wallow in gloom all that long at any given time. Before I think how ridiculous and self-indulgent that has to be. Before I notice how spectacular my window boxes of bright red geraniums are this summer. Or hear that peregrine falcon again. Or feel my golden retriever's head just nudging under the palm of my hand, letting me know: Charlie's right beside me. Always worth reminding myself too.
Helps to keep moving, helps to be outside, helps to eat healthily, helps to laugh lots (at myself most of all) and to have fun: it all helps.
So: given that I felt it necessary to embark on a refresher of Mind Over Mood: would I vanquish all negative emotion if I could?
No, I don't think so.
Read an article yesterday which reminded me that actually -- emotion is what makes us human, builds empathy, signals what's important, signals what "core beliefs" require revision. Reminds me what I need to address or manage or change up.
So: I'm doing that too.
And my salads are ready for tomorrow, my outfits pressed for the work week (more ironing in summer, with the lightweight cottons and linens . . . but they're so lovely to wear), my tee time booked -- and the latte I didn't get to yesterday beckons!!
Results of yesterday's shopping? Found myself a very very nice white leather shoulder bag, large size of course (I carry around a lot!!) and it was half price . . . I'd been looking for awhile, including at thrift and liquidation because my old one was pretty shabby, had really needed replacing for a couple of years. But I actually bought this one at a regular store, timing for the summer sales. When I asked if the ticket was the "best price": turned out it was not, and I was offered $30 less, with a dust bag thrown in. Fresh start! This will be great for the rest of the summer, and next summer too . . .