As I've mentioned here I have been in therapy recently. One of the things my therapist recommended was a workbook with some mindfulness skills.
Even though that was the section I was supposed to read, having OCD, I like to finish things (like books) from start to finish. So I started reading from the beginning of the workbook. Topics included "pleasurable distractions" when moods crash.
"Imagine the top 10 celebrities you want to have sex with. Write detailed encounters."
Um. Really? As a guy friend told me, "Writing about a fantasy with a celebrity who doesn't know I exist would make me even more depressed!"
At this point in the book, I wondered aloud, "I wonder if all of the authors are male?" (Yep.) I suppose they could rebrand this book, or at least this section, with "how to use your shitty moods to inspire your hidden talent for writing erotica."
Now, mind you, the book was worth $11.99 just for the amount of laughter it has generated for me and for friends!
Another "pleasurable distraction" was to "have sex with someone you are interested in and care about."
Yeah, if I was that person, that motivation would make me feel good. "Hey, RK! I was reading this psychological workbook and it told me to go have sex with you as a distraction." Goody.
Or, better, "And I'm choosing you, RK, because the book said to pick you, because I care about you and am interested in you. As opposed to the hot blonde down the street that I'm just screwing for fun."
How do you distract yourself when you're in a bad mood?