Being a picture book storyteller means stirring up a cauldron of emotions and childhood memories. Today a mood-monster has decided to mess with those emotions by feeding me gloomy, critical, soul-draining thoughts. When this happens, there are a few tried-and-true remedies:
- Go for a walk outside. Mood-monsters hate fresh air.
- Exercise. Mood-monsters loathe sweat.
- Meditate. Mood-monsters are extremely fidgety.
- Watch a funny video on YouTube. Mood-monsters are repelled by laughter (unless it's from an evil scientist).
- Write it out in my journal. Mood-monsters prefer stuffing down emotions and thoughts so that they get muddled and seem more horrible than they really are.
- Talk it out with a trusted person. Mood-monsters trust no one.
- Keep plugging away at my to-do list until it gets bored and decides to move on. Mood-monsters have short attention spans.