Stuck to my computer is a sticky note with a message I wrote to myself many months ago: “Put some music on.” This may strike you as a strange command to write on a note, but it has meaning for me.
You see, I have a habit of forgetting to do the things that help lift my mood, like listening to music. I also have a habit of spending too much time researching things online. I’ll get an idea and spend hours at my desk, staring at my screen. Then I’ll get irritable. That sticky note reminds me to stop, take a break, and question what I’m doing and how I’m feeling.
To be honest, sometimes I ignore the note. I’m stubborn and I’ll resist my own well-meant advice. Without fail though, on the days I do what it says, I feel better.
What makes you feel better? My encouragement to you is to write your own sticky note. It doesn’t matter what it says, it just needs to have meaning for you. Don’t make it too complicated. It could be as simple as a smiley face reminding you to smile. Stick the note in a place that makes sense, a location where you’ll see it when you need reminding. When you notice the note, follow your advice and then observe your mood. Hopefully, you will find that your day improves.