Despite my tendency towards good cheer these days, there are still times when I wake up all kinds of cranky. Whether I slept on the wrong side of the bed or I’m just pissed about leaving my Dwayne Johnson dream, it’s a shitty way to start the morning.
I’m a firm believer that you can’t force anything, including a mood change. You can, however, implement tactics to help yourself steer away from an Oscar the Grouch-esque attitude. One such tactic is mindfulness.
Mindfulness, in its simplest form, is an “attentive awareness of reality.” Basically, you take your attention away from your ridiculous, unruly, self-destructive thoughts, and put it on whatever you’re doing rightthisminute. If you’re walking, you feel your feet hitting the pavement, the wind blowing by, the sun hitting the top of your head. You focus on NOW.
When you’re totally focused on now, there’s no room left for negative thoughts and bad attitudes. There’s just whatever is happening in this particular moment.
Undoubtedly, your thoughts will overtake you again, and you’ll likely get lost down the rabbit hole of what ifs and if onlys like all humans do. But practice makes perfect. Keep coming back to the now. All day, every day. It gets easier. And the now is pretty fantastic, if you give it a chance. Beats wallowing in that bad mood, anyday.