Life seems to swing wildly between exuberant and hellish for me, with what I’ll refer to as “dead periods” occurring from time to time. The swings mark my transition from a flow state (in the zone, usually helping a client with something and feeling like I’m winning at the same time) to ground zero (feeling like I got hit by a truck – physically or mentally – and wanting nothing more than to lie in bed all day and watch cat videos on my phone). The dead periods sometimes occur in between – they’re like meh on top of blah. And even worse, if I am going through a dead period and am conscious of it, I get into this hopeless place where I feel like I’m going to be stuck in it forever. Eventually I do pull out of it, but it’s usually because I’m distracted by something shiny (it’s dinner time! a new client just called! I’m going to Target!), not because I’m making a conscious effort to pull myself up and out of the abyss.