HERE'S HOW I STOP A DOWNWARD SPIRAL
... and fair warning, you're gonna think I'm bat-shit crazy, just sayin'...
I can’t draw worth a damn, but here’s a janky-ass image to give you an idea.
As soon as I notice I'm spiraling down,
I sit down, reach my arms and legs out and visualize that I am grabbing that invisible spiral to stop my descent and I say "stop!"
Sometimes I vary it slightly and sing, "Stop in the name of love...", or say, "Not today, baby!", but that's pretty much it. As you can imagine, this is harder to do in public, but I have found most of mine really get rolling when I’m alone, so I've got that goin' for me...
When I know it has stopped, I usually look up funny or cute things online until I feel a sense of calm in my brain.