Life as a Sitcom

Ever had a Murphy’s Law Day, where everything that could go wrong did? Rather than letting it get you down, fictionalize a bad day by imagining it as a sitcom – act like it happened to someone else. Cast it with funny characters; add a few pratfalls. Soon you’ll be laughing about what happened, rather than regretting it. As people involved with mental health issues we know that dwelling on bad days prolongs negative feelings, which in turn increases anxiety and stress. If you engage in a little selective denial, you do yourself a big favor. (Tip from August 2008 Woman’s Day Magazine. Several NLCMHA staff shared that this works for them.)