Recently I’ve been thinking about how easy it is to fall into a rut or bad mood, and how suddenly you might realize you’ve been in shit form for like 3 or 4 days. I was wondering why it happens though. Like, why can any of us be in a generally terrible mood for a straight week, even when there’s mad amounts of good things happening around us?
*Pause for dramatic effect*
Ladies and gentlemen, I think I’ve cracked it.
You know when you wake up in the morning, and there’s that couple of seconds between waking up and opening your eyes. It’s that small moment where you’re aware of yourself again. It’s only a 3 or 4 seconds pause and then your eyes are open and it’s a new day. Ever try to notice what your first thought is in that 3 or 4 second gap? (It’s really fucking hard to do by the way). However, what I found after trying to notice that thought after a couple of goes, is that 6 out of 7 days of the week it’s something along the lines of ‘Absolutely fuck this day I’m already done. I can’t wait to get back to bed’. Once every now and then it was like ‘Hey, today is gonna be good’ and those were the days that I didn’t struggle to get up.
It’s weird right? It’s like your entire mood for the day was decided on that one thought? I’ve always liked the idea of the theory of attraction. That whatever way you think, or what you think about, unconsciously influences your behaviour and causes you to gravitate towards that line of thinking. For example, if your internal subconscious desire is to do really well in school/college then your behaviour will reflect that, and you’ll always feel a nagging in your mind to get your work done. This idea links in with that first thought you have in the morning. If you wake up and already conclude that the day is gonna be tough, that you’re in a bad mood then yeah, every challenge that faces you that day is gonna be handled in a negative way and it’s going be a bad day. If, however, your first thoughts reflect a more positive outlook, then each challenge is going to present itself as an opportunity, rather than an obstacle, and that distinction is important.
I just know that there are some days that I’m in a terrible mood, and it has more to do with me thinking myself into it, rather than anything having happened to cause me to feel negatively. Going forward, try to make that first thought you have in the morning, that initial reaction to your existence, a positive one. Life is the most random thing ever when you really think about it. We’re just hyper-intelligent apes that wear clothes, and we have the power to make ourselves happy/sad/angry by just thinking. I’m not saying it’s a super-power, but’s it’s pretty damn close.
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