Growing up when I would feel stressed or overwhelmed, my mom would say, “Just do a reset.”
When you’re upset things tend to spiral. You’re worried about one thing and then everything else is so much easier to worry about. Things can go downhill fast. To prevent this, my mom would say, you do a reset. As if you’re a computer that has a bug, but can be fixed by simply clicking the restart button. What can you do that will shake you back into a good state and make you feel all good to go again? Once you
Here are some things I do to reset myself, whether it’s when I’m frustrated about a hard coding problem or if I’m starting to feel stressed about something. I’ve paid attention to the actions I can take to reset my mood or my day, and now that I know what they are, I try to do at least two of them as soon as possible when I can tell they’re needed.
Listen to a podcast while going for a walk. Getting out into the beautiful sun for a walk is a quick way to shake off any bad feelings. And in California, there’s almost always some beautiful sunshine and the perfect breeze too. Turning on a podcast I’m excited about and getting some exercise even just for 15 minutes can make me feel restored.
Dance. As Tony Robbins says, “Motion creates emotion.” If I can go dance for 2 minutes to my favorite song, I always feel better after.
Write down what I’m thankful for. Some days I have to write out maybe 30 things before I get to the point where I’m really feeling thankful instead of still frustrated. Yet invariably, if I keep writing down things I’m glad I have in my life, it’s just a matter of time before I’m feeling glad too.
See family. See what I wrote above. Spending time with a wonderful, in-tact family can quickly switch me back to a happy state.
Curl up with a good book. Getting lost in a great story or falling into fascinating as I’m learning about is restorative.
What do you do to reset?