One of the things I've done over the years that consistently improves my mood over many days is what I've come to call "T5." It stands for "take the time to think." I have never read anything about it. No books seem to exist on the subject. The practice has grown out of the writing exercises from Undemoralize Yourself.
T5, all you have to do is sit still without doing anything. How often
do you do that? For me, I always have lots to do, and if I'm not doing
something, I'm watching a movie or listening to music. My mind is almost
When I sit still, after about fifteen minutes, my mind seems to go into a defrag
mode. Unresolved issues bubble up and get resolved. My mind seems to
naturally sort itself out. It feels almost as if I had things I needed
to think about that were pushed to the back of my mind, waiting for an
I always have a paper and pen handy when I
T5 because I always get solutions to problems or things I want to
remember to do later, and it interferes with the process to try to
remember something. So I write it down. Then I can take my mind off it.
a half hour or an hour, I feel so much better, and I feel better for
days afterwards. But every time I do it, I always have to make myself do
it. I always do it reluctantly. I don't like to sit still. I don't want
to think. But I do it anyway because the rewards are so great. And I've
gotten into the habit of setting a timer, usually for an hour,
sometimes for less, and I stay put until the timer goes off. Then I am
not waffling about how much longer I should sit there. My mind can
settle in and do its thing.
You can also T5 while
walking if you have a place to walk where you won't run into people you
If you want a clear, peaceful mind, if you want to raise your mood, try T5. I think you'll be surprised at how well it works.
Adam Khan is the author of Principles For Personal Growth, Slotralogy, Antivirus For Your Mind, and co-author with Klassy Evans of How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English). Follow his podcast, The Adam Bomb.