In my mind, gravity only works in one direction, which is a real shame, as that direction is down.
Very rarely does my mood suddenly improve for the better and stay there. More frequently, something triggers a plummet, and I’m stuck down there in the doldrums for a while.
There are exceptions. There was a moment in my session yesterday when my therapist asked a question which required an analytical answer. Listening to myself speak, I noticed that my voice had deepened, my body had relaxed and I was feeling much better – all in the blink of an eye.
I pointed this out to him, and we spoke about it. It was as though my state of mind had changed from “helpless child” to “adult capable of thinking objectively about a situation”. Pity it didn’t last!
Still, now I have another technique I can use to change my emotional state: pose myself a question or a problem which requires a different type of thinking.
It’s always good when you can add a new tool to the toolkit, right?