The other day I woke up in a bad mood. Like, immediately upon staggering out of bed and into the bathroom. When I dropped my toothbrush I scornfully called it stupid. When my man tried to have a pleasant conversation with me about what was going on that day, I glared at him. When I went to Costco, 90 percent of the people I saw got called "dummies" in my head. It was bad! This is not normally how I go through the world. I am more of a let's-sing-with-the-birdies-like-in-Cinderella type, trailing rainbow glitter in my wake wherever I go. Or, you know, something like that. So when I'm in a bad mood, it's jarring. On top of the bad mood I get a layer of, "Something is WRONG with me! I am NEVER like this! UGH ANXIETY!"
So, I gave myself Friday evening off from my brain. What I did was (a) get a leeetle bit drunk on hard cider and (b) listen to Greg Proops's podcast (soooo effin brilliant) and (c) rearrange my studio. Basically I just tried to turn my attention off of my brain onto the organizing and deciding and rearranging that had to be done. And it worked! Yippee!
I'm trying to get into the habit of, whenever I start beating my head on something, just noticing, then stopping and doing something else. It's tricky but when I can accomplish it, life is much better. In this case, I stopped feeling crappy and worked out a little energy and got a significantly better workspace.
Over time I'm hoping to forge an exhaustive list of things that we can do to avoid being crazy. If you have anything that works for you, do tell!