I’m no longer at that company, but I still often think of the lesson I learned there. I’ve even created a list of activities labeled “things that don’t make me feel worse” that I can turn to anytime I want. But I don’t pull out the list only when I’m in a rut—I look at it constantly.
Such fantastic advice, Michael Thompson!
I had a hand-written list like this taped next to my bed a decade ago. I titled it THINGS I LIKE DOING. Because at the time, I was depressed and I would get in moods where it was hard to remember I liked doing anything at all.
Any time my partner (at the time) and I would get into a fight, I would do something from my list, and it always helped.
Now I have this list taped on the inside of my bathroom door: