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.