The Cycles of the Mood

Some days nothing seems to matter. The project has no energy behind it. The news on TV seems like noise with no significance. The book on your nightstand has nothing to offer. That big goal—weight loss, saving up for a down payment on a house, going on that trip, getting published, booking that next gig, starting a business, getting married, whatever—has lost its gravity, its ability to pull you toward it.

You recognize the feeling. You’re even aware that it’s a passing thing, a phase, a momentary mood. And yet, the best you can manage is to lift the remote control and fire up the next episode of That 70’s Show on Netflix.

I’m not a mental health expert. I can’t diagnose or treat depression. Maybe that’s what it is, maybe it isn’t.

But do you know what won’t help?

Blaming yourself. Berating yourself. Hating yourself.

I’m an advocate for productivity, but there is a time to create and there is a time to take in. Honor the cycles of mood; rest when you need to; gather your energy; recharge.


Eric Edstrom is the author of the YA science fiction series The Undermountain Saga and The Scion Chronicles
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