I notice that I occasionally wake with a combative mindset.
Those aren’t my best mornings. Not at first. At first I fight everything. Every thought, every person, every action, every stumble.
My brain chooses to take offense. Finds holes, pokes.
Identifying these mornings as early as possible in the cycle can help in defusing them.
I find that I can identify my moody1 mindset pretty quickly. Usually within 15 minutes of waking up, I can figure out if every thought entering my mind slants negative.
After identifying it, I can begin reconciling each thought by recognizing that it isn’t me presenting these ideas. I’ve learned to see that not every thought in my head originates within me.
When I’m in this state, I often have to remind myself that jerks will continue to exist out there, but I don’t also have to be one today.