A life-savouring suggestion for Easter Sunday.

Gosh, we live in strange times. Political correctness means I find myself needing to think twice before even mentioning days of religious significance.

But, what the heck, being that it’s Easter Sunday, a very Happy Easter to you.

Something else I found myself thinking about this week was a kind of personal challenge to myself to better understand what gives me the “right” to write your Moodnudges four times a week.

As you know, I’m not a psychologist, nor a psychiatrist. I’m not a counsellor, nor a therapist.

And I’m definitely not a doctor.

All I am is a fellow traveller. I’m someone who, perhaps like you, suffers from low mood now and then. But I’ve also had time over the last ten years to learn a lot about the things that can help — the actions that can make a difference to our moods. And it’s this knowledge that I try to pass on to you.

Think of it as a kind of peer support, therefore, from someone who’s been there, done that, and got the T-shirt.

For me, things are tons better than they were, as I think I’m now much better at recognising the times when the black dog appears at my door, and I seem to know more about what I should do to send it packing, hopefully with its tail between its legs.

This doesn’t mean I don’t have my darker days, though, and there have indeed been a couple of those this week, albeit just mildly gloomy.

So yesterday I got up, determined to take some gentle remedial action. I went out for a peaceful coffee, then got my hair cut — encouraging Kathy, who cuts it regularly, to do more of her own thing, so it’s shorter than normal. It felt good. (You be the judge, though. I’ve put a photo above.)

Anyway, walking away from the hairdresser’s, I stopped to sit on a sunny wall, to simply watch the world go by for a few minutes.

While this doesn’t sound like rocket science, it really worked – and reminded me of a study carried out by Californian psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky who said that participants who took the time to savour ordinary events that they normally hurried through showed significant increases in happiness and reductions in depression.

So, as your fellow traveller (and now with the confirmation of a psychologist) why not take a little time this Easter Sunday to do a bit of moment-savouring?

Let’s find a moment to sit, watch, and savour.

26 thoughts on “A life-savouring suggestion for Easter Sunday.

  1. Good post. I spent nearly the entire night last night tossing and turning, praying for death to come, sick to death of being tested by the universe constantly, with its constant conspiracy to put me in chance situations that would not have happened if I’d been somewhere 5 minutes earlier or later. I’ve decided to surrender, I can’t fight anymore.

    1. Hi Karl, I do hope you’re feeling a little better. I have been thinking about you today since I read your post this morning and just wanted you to know

    2. Hi Karl, I do hope you’re feeling a little better. I have been thinking about you today since I read your post this morning and just wanted you to know

    3. Hello Karl, Very sorry indeed to hear of what’s clearly a very difficult time for you. Maybe you’ve been able to take a crumb of comfort from the messages others have left for you, to which I add my own.

      Thinking of you.

  2. Nice haircut, jaunty Jon! I agree with Claire. 😄 I like the idea of you being a fellow traveler, Jon. You have helped do many so much. No one can ever take that away from you ( even on the grim days) Happy Easter. Enjoy the day ,all.

  3. Happy Easter Jon & good haircut, definitely suits you!

    Looking out from my apartment on a rainy, grey day in Manchester UK so saving watching the world go by until tomorrow, but appreciate the nudge.

  4. It’s clear to me that this haircut has definitely perked up your spirits and it looks great on YOU! It’s always nice to see your kind face here Jon and I for one am glad you made the decision to begin sharing your journey with those of who suffer from depression…sometimes professional who have learned of it from it a book in their studies don’t TRULY know in their bones what this feels like so it is wonderful to have support and empathy from one who HAS been there and gotten the t-shirt to prove it! 😉 Thank you for all that you do for our community! <3

  5. Love your post once again Jon. 😉

    You’re haircut looks very trendy and you look great and not a bit depressed…;)

    Happy Easter to you as well!

    All the best,

    D

  6. I’m without my apartment keys this weekend, left them with my mechanic accidentally. I have to savour the moment outside my building until someone opens up the door. It’s been really fun so far.

  7. Dear all, apologies if I gave anyone cause for concern with my post, I wasn’t seeking attention but I was very surprised and heartened to see that there are people who genuinely care. I felt grumpy as hell when I woke up in the morning, but as the day went on my mood lifted more and more, to the point where I felt almost Zen like, at total peace with everyone and everything. Literally night and day. Thanks again and I wish you all that same peace. Until the next swing!!!

    1. Hi Karl, I’m very pleased to see your update. We do care and appreciate the ups and downs. When I’m feeling particularly ‘grumpy’ or taken for granted in my case I make a conscious effort to channel outward serenity and peace. It’s often ‘fake it til I make it’ – and I say ‘I am serene’ as an affirmation-it does help me though! Have a good day

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