Today I wanted to share one of the models I use on myself (and clients) to get unstuck, and out of funks. It is a beautifully simple yet profound model. The visual image of a spiral is important, because one of the most important parts of climbing out of a funk, is knowing when you are in one. That’s easier said than done! When you are in the grip, you don’t realize how far you are in the grip (the centre of the spiral.)
I used water colour paints in the video below explain because, well, I fell like it illustrated it really nicely, regardless of my actual water colour paint skills (Oh right, I have none!)
This model is great if you are beginning to notice you are going into a downward spiral. In my own mental health journey, I have learnt that sleep and avoiding fatigue is a key strategy for me, and in developing my “mental health” awareness, I am better able to pick up on little habits that tend to mark a spiral for me, and catch them before it goes too far.
This video illustrates the importance of these simple actions, and the surprising importance of the small promises we make (and can break) to ourselves.
Take five minutes and watch it, let me know if it lands with you in the comments.