My beloved and I went for a hike yesterday; I suffer from a chronic fatigue condition so we have to make careful preparations if I am to accompany him... about one hour in he turned to me and said "there's good news and there's bad news".

"Tell me the bad news" I replied.

Gloomily he said "We are only half way round"... My shoulders sagged. My face fell. I felt depressed and anxious; would I be able to do the whole hike? And he seemed so low at the prospect of being only half way round.

"So what's the good news?" I asked.

Grinning broadly and very brightly he replied "We are already half way round!"

We are all experts at making ourselves feel anxious, miserable, inadequate, angry, guilty... the list is endless. Why not become expert at looking for the positive, putting another spin on it, acting "as if" all is well? Or, if that is not possible, reminding ourselves that "all things pass in time, and this too will pass".

Let us be our own "best friend" and reassure and encourage ourselves.

A Moodscope member.

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