Write down what ingredients create the recipe of your emotional state
When I talk about recipes I’m not talking about baking a cake
And when I talk about ingredients I’m not talking about eggs and butter
But it is a good example
If you want to bake a cake you need certain ingredients
And you need to mix those ingredients in a certain order, at a certain time and in certain volumes
If you use different ingredients in a different order and at different volumes you produce something wildly different
If you hope to bake a lovely cake and you replace the flour, eggs and butter with chicken, rice and broccoli
You’re not going to be making a very nice cake!
Emotional states are exactly the same
Every state has a recipe
And during uncertain times it’s more important than ever to positively control your emotional state
Depression for me has a certain recipe that’s made up of certain ingredients
My recipe for depression is:
- Sleeping in late
- Being inactive / Not exercising
- Eating junk food
- Not drinking enough water
- Not talking to loved ones
- Too much TV
- Sleeping in the daytime
- Not being hygienic
- Too much News
- Having a messy home
It would be easy for me to do this right now
However, I know what ingredients make up my recipe for depression. So I completely avoid them.
I ask myself: How do I want to feel?
I want to feel Joy
Joy for me has a certain recipe that’s made up of certain ingredients
My recipe for joy is:
- Sunrises / Early Mornings
- Healthy food
- Green Juice
- Connecting with loved ones
Everyone’s recipes will be totally different
But one thing is for certain.
We all have recipes for emotional states.
I ask you to please figure out what yours are
Sometimes you may feel yourself experiencing an emotional state that you don’t want.
Some notable examples:
Or you notice a loved one slipping down that slope
PLEASE change your recipe and help them change theirs
Let’s protect ourselves and each other from nasty recipes and the unwanted emotional states that they create
Liam James Collins
The Coaching Masters