You know that feeling when you’re trapped in a cycle of negativity? You know that continually thinking about the worst thing that could possibly happen isn’t going to do you any favors, and that if you could break the circle of dark thoughts you’d feel better. But knowing it and doing anything about it are two really different things. And so you end up lying on the couch running through the same five or six thoughts for minutes that feel like hours, or hours that feel like minutes.
“I should be [exercising/working/getting up and talking to people/ eating/ not eating/ building Rome in a day], but I’m too tired and lazy and worthless to do it.”
“Everything I do is wrong. Why should I even try?”
“Maybe if I just stay on the couch forever, no one will know what a failure I am.”
“I’m worthless. I’m hopeless. I’m horrible.”
Lather, rinse, repeat.
And the kicker is, you start feeling bad about yourself for feeling bad (or, as you like to call it during times like this, “wallowing” or “whining” or “making a big deal out of nothing”). And nothing’s going to come out of that except feeling worse.
Been there, my friend. Been there.
And so, on this lazy Sunday morning (I wish it was lazy, I’m actually sitting in a library trying to write a paper about Simone de Beauvoir and nature as a metaphor for a Garden-Of-Eden-esque take on sexuality…), I thought I’d share some of my favorite flashes of positivity. Some of these are images that I’ve seen on friends’ Facebook pages or Tumblrs, some are quotes that I love, and some are videos and pictures that never fail to make me smile.
Consider this my early Thanksgiving gift to you. Crack a smile. Be kind to yourself. We all deserve kindness.
(Particularly this one…)
And, lastly but not lastly, my go-to YouTube video every time I’m upset… This probably has about eight million views on it, and most of them are from me.
Hang in there. No matter what you have going on in your life, you are strong and wonderful and important and you can do it.
You can do it.