I was just trying to remember the last time I used a landline phone, and I was pretty sure it was months ago – then realised I’ve answered a few incoming calls at KZSU, the Stanford radio station where I volunteer.
On the whole, though, I’m pretty much a 100% cellphone guy now, and certainly don’t have a landline of my own.
Relying on a cellphone means, of course, remembering to charge its battery, which is now an ingrained habit immediately before bedtime. Lock the door, clean my teeth, get a glass of water, plug in my phone.
It’s funny that this can be such an obvious habit to get into, whereas when our emotional batteries are low, it’s easy to slip into thinking they’ll somehow be better tomorrow, even if we don’t do anything about them.
That’s a bit like imagining that the electron fairy will call round in the night to waft amps into our phones.
Amazingly, time can actually be something of a healer when it comes to low spirits. Give a low mood long enough, and it may — almost magically — sort itself out.
But that’s really leaving a lot to chance, isn’t it? Better by far to take the bull by the horns, and take some action that’s designed to lift your mood.
You know, things like connecting with a friend… getting out for a walk… eating a tasty, healthy meal… thinking through the things you have to be grateful for…
Surely, neglecting your low spirits is as ill-advised as forgetting to charge your phone?
So why not do a little self-reflection right now? If you’re quite alright, that’s great. But if you’re not, perhaps it’s time for some self-care.
Give yourself a recharge.