I prefer to use my friend's Western thought control technique. Say you are listening to an album on a record player and a song you really dislike — such as anything by Tony Orlando and Dawn — comes on. You pick up the arm, stop the annoying music, and move it to a song that you really like. When my obsessive, negative thoughts take over, visualize picking up the arm and placing it on a thought you really like — such as anything that involves a hammock.
When these techniques do not work, I need a task that demands intense focus. I am blessed to have a career that requires intense focus. But there are days — like today — when I need to have one of those tasks waiting for me as soon as I roll out of bed.
It is noon and I still have not figured out U-S-V-E-A. I also have not spent the entire morning consumed with depression-provoking, obsessive thoughts. The beautiful thing is that when I unscramble U-S-V-E-A there are three more Jumbles!
Christine Stapleton writes for The Palm Beach Post. E-mail: christine(underscore)stapleton(at)pbpost.com. To read previous columns, go to PalmBeachPost.com/depression