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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Le sigh

My sweet readers, I have to say, I'm feeling a little overwhelmed today. Do you ever feel that way? What do you do when you're in a funk? I'd love to hear... xoxo

P.S. Winter blues and summery photos.

(Photo by Maple Syrup Only)

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Sitting In A Tree Kissing said...

I hear, Joanna . . . the snow will never stop in NY!

Anonymous said...

Smoking pot always puts me in a better mood! Just a little bit :)

Bezzie said...

Reading your blog! Ice cream, freash air and laughing.

Monica said...

definitely understand the feeling. hopefully it will pass and you'll be back to your normal self :]

Krysta said...

If you can, get yourself to a yoga class or do a 5 min meditation. They really do help alleviate the overwhelming feelings!

Emma said...

I am in SUCH a funk today (or this week), too - it's ridiculous. What makes me feel better? Good food, good wine, friends, my husband and lots of laughter. Here's to some of that this evening....

dizzy_izzy said...

Yoga always helps me clear my mind!

Anonymous said...

A fleece throw, a black and white movie, and my doggies.

Anonymous said...

I second the above - reading beautiful blogs! But also a walk outside, no matter the slush. Especially if it's to get ingredients to make a soup or a lemon cake. A house of delicious smells is the perfect end to a winter walk.

Liz said...

Well, for starters a photo like that! So adorable! Also, just some good 'ol fashion husband and puppy cuddles, and just allowing myself to relax and not think about whatever it is that is stressing me out. All I need is an hour to myself and then I can come back and conquer my funk!

Julie said...

Blasting "Send me on my way" by Rusted RooT always does the trick for me .. its pretty hard not to smile when that song is playing :) You should try it

Anonymous said...

Going to a bakery, picking out the perfect cupcake and sitting down to enjoy it :)

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

I've been feeling down a lot lately, too. Both overwhelmed and underwhelmed with life, if that's possible. Typically, a wee dram of whiskey helps me :-) But, if that's not your thing, I set-up a date with a friend, that way I have the instant lift of speaking to a friend and the prolonged excitement of anticipation! Hot showers are good, and a really good song always makes me happy (try "Bang Ban Bang" by Mark Ronson and the Business International, or anything by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings).

Sorry if none of these help you. Maybe just knowing someone cares (I do! I do!) will help a bit. Just know that you are doing a GREAT JOB, Joanna! Not many people could pull off a fabulous writing/blogging career, marriage and motherhood as beautifully as you seem to.

Diana Mieczan said...

Ohh I'm sorry , Joanna. I also get a bit overwhelmed at times (especially during winter) and then I usually try to go for a nice long walk or switch off..Quiet time usuall help...I can think over stuff better. Sending hugs..Hope you will feel better soon:)

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Anonymous said...

I always find going swimming helps. It might seem such an effort to get yourself to the pool but once you're floating and have done a few lengths, everything seems to right itself.

Showering naked afterwards is also pretty effective in beating the funk - but only if you're brave enough!

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, anonymous, i think i know who you are! :)

Sophie said...

A long walk
Making and then completing a to-do list
A hot bath
Cook a big dinner

And if all those fail, just give in to your funk and watch bad TV all day!!

Leigh said...

Cooking or baking something new, but that can backfire if it doesn't turn out as well as I'd hoped. I also like to romp with my dog, watch old episodes of shows I know I love, hit the gym extra hard, and make a list of all the things I have to be grateful for. And sometimes a little flickr browsing for some inspirational photographs.

Joanna Goddard said...

aw, these comments are soooo sweet. they make me feel better already :)

garnet said...

i feel the same!! ugh.. but i found this cutest baby ever.. her name is charlotte and she has the most beautiful eyes..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cSudpyEU9w&feature=player_embedded

hehe i love her!

Alessandra said...

A big ole hug from someone I love usually does the drink. Petting my doggy's soft ears and saying silly things to him. Music. Looking at pretty things. Retail therapy. Reading nice comments on my blog. Breathing.

Hang in there, dear.

Mrs. Jenna said...

Buy yourself a really spring-y bouquet of flowers. It'll get rid of winter blues and a funk in general!!!

Katy said...

I would recommend bananas. Good mood food. Fact! I always have one if I'm a little down in the dumps.

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

Fresh air!! Works every time ; )

Joanna Goddard said...

bananas = good mood food? who knew?

ameliawalton.com said...

I just had that day last week, what is that? I can only assume that like all things, we need the balance that comes from experiencing both sides of something. An out of sorts day nicely highlights how good the good days are, you know? Anyway, I just posted about that myself, I needed some rose colored glasses to help get my mood back on its feet. So my answer to a disjointed day? Whimsy. Silliness. Laughter. Reminder that we dwell in abundance and are gifted with so much. And then just a pat on the back, because sometimes it's ok to feel a little bluesy. Be gentle with yourself.

Oh! And chocolate. Definitely chocolate.

Lillian (Unstitched.) said...

Aww, I'm sorry to hear that, Joanna! I definitely get like that too - what helps me is to surround myself with people I love (and who won't judge me that I'm in a weird mood) and being around them usually distracts me enough to lift me out of it :) I hope you're feeling better! Sending you happy thoughts (as always ;)

Joanna Goddard said...

retail therapy, haha, i love it!

inspirationfiles said...

This is cheesy, but when I'm overwhelmed I LOVE to sneak out and go to a cozy bookstore. I grab a cup of tea and amass a million magazines, and I sit in silence and wander through them all. It's like a little escape into another world :)

Hope things start to look up for you soon!

AliveintheFire said...

Your post feels super relevant as I am going through my Reader this morning. Last night I got a little overwhelmed by all the projects I have going this week. I can't wait for a real, full day off!

My plan is to plan a real day of relaxation. No commitments. Just time for me to think and rest and BE.

Now is the time of year that it's super hard not too get feeling down with all the cold and clouds, too. Maybe we can both plan a spa day at home (or a fun pedi somewhere)?

Hope you'll check out my post, and feel better soon!

http://aliveinthefire.blogspot.com/2011/01/centering.html

XO
rach

Reyna @fashionmist♥ said...

Aww, hope you're back to normal soon! Being with family, reading a good book, or finding new fashion blogs to read always helps me(:

xo

Michael Fusco said...

Emma Straub's reading at BookCourt tonight will pull you out of that funk!

emily said...

i woke up with a bad, bad, grumpy, unshakable mood today. i feel very out of sorts.
just reading these comments and knowing that there are other women trudging along trying to shake off bad moods too, helps.
i think yoga will be on the docket tonight.

Styles 'n Cream said...

I have these days too - it's such a weird feeling and sometimes hard to shake it off. I usually try to go for a run on the beach or for a hot yoga session. Dinner or drinks with friends help too - anything that envolves laughter would help.

I hope you feel better soon!

luhguhguh said...

I've been feeling the same way, like January and winter are never ending!

I'm getting through today knowing that tonight I will dine on Mexican food and margaritas and this weekend I get to help celebrate a friend's birthday. It's the little things, right? :)

My name is Anna said...

I would say taking a walk but that doesn't seem like it would be enjoyable in NY right now. Really good dark chocolate always makes me feel better:)

Jeanine said...

dancing around the apartment to really good, cheesy pop music (my tunes of choice are almost always Britney Spears, circa 2004) while drinking red wine and getting ready to go out somewhere (which could just be putting my pajamas on and getting on the couch). Also, video chatting with my sister--she can always pull me out of funk.

marisagallemit said...

oh dear, poor cup of jo! it's that time of the winter when everything's just a bit of a struggle, isn't it?

i suggest a nice bowl of warm soup and a few deep breaths. nice long ones that go all the way into your belly. inhale the goodness and exhale all the other stuff away.

hugs!

Miss Hothouse Orchid said...

Chai Latte, and a brisk walk while listening to Ipod with happy tunes. Works every time for me! I know your in NYC (I'm in Philly) and you guys probably got some snow like us. It's really pretty this morning and it totally brightened my day - you just might need to get out for a bit!

Vanessa said...

Similar to your accompanied photo, I cuddle my adorable dog :o) I also go for a long walk (and bundle up, of course), or watch really cheesy rom-coms on Netflix. Right now? "Beauty and The Briefcase" - yikes!

nicole said...

Exercise! Followed by a good meal and a glass of wine. Even better if my husband brings home the bottle of wine; he picks the best ones! xo.

Victoria said...

My vote- ditch work and do something fun with your little man. It's amazing how sitting with a baby at a cafe and hearing everyone say, "oh, so cute" can help your mood!

jennifer@nicolejanehome said...

Everybody has those days/weeks, especially this time of year. When I feel overwhelmed, I can usually pick myself up by going outside. It's really uplifting to find a flower shop and inhale for a few minutes. Then buy yourself a big bouquet of whatever flowers you love.

Merci Paris said...

A girls night out usually does wonders...or if you can't get out, a hot bath followed by a glass of wine once the kids are in bed.

Annie said...

Sorry to hear it's one of those days! When I'm feeling stressed and overwhelmed, I like to write down lists of a) things I can take care of to make myself feel less stressed, and b) things that I love right now. Usually seeing it on paper makes me feel better. After that, baking a tasty treat, taking a nap, and reading a fun book help, too. Hope you feel better soon!

Margaret E. Perry said...

reading A CUP OF JO!

Julia said...

Ugh, it must be the universe today (or this weather). I just had a good morning cry and let myself wallow in self pity for about 5 minutes, then I meditated for 5. I put on my boots and watched some kiddos sledding and some hunky men surfing by the beach. Got home and doodled a bit and made myself a hot cup of coffee (a cup of jo!) with a scoop of hot cocoa and some warm cream mixed in..and I feel much better. :)

It's the little things. Hope you're feeling like yourself again soon.

christinamm said...

I'm always cheered up by a nice dinner out with a great girlfriend. If you're not feeling that social, some red wine and a good movie is a great way to spend the night on the couch :)

theolivetree said...

Good music~

Anonymous said...

I say its January give yourself a break. Wallow in it. 'Enjoy' feeling a little down . This too shall pass and it helps you really appreciate the usual sunny days that we often take for granted.Sure you can think of the sick kids in the hospital or the starving ones in China and try to shame yourself out of it but why ?? That usually just makes me feel worse. Soooo give in and live in the monment !

D.R. said...

Your blog always cheers me up!

Laura said...

Go for a heart-warming romcom like 'Keeping the Faith' or 'Definitely, Maybe'. That, and chocolate.

Victoria said...

Lavender-scented anything usually helps me. Or dancing! Stand up right where you are and put on the song The Good Life, by Weezer. Trust me on this, it will help. Excuse the B-word in the lyrics.

Victoria
http://diva-in-distress.blogspot.com

unopened envelope said...

Talking about nothing and everything with a good friend on the phone and staying cozy at home with a hot water bottle (with a cashmere cover! http://www.thewhitecompany.com/CatalogueSearchResults.aspx?Search=hot%20water%20bottle
Also, have you ever tried Yogi herbal teas? A cup of Yogi usually makes me feel better when I have winter blues.
Rxx

jacin {lovely little details} said...

i have been feeling the same way lately - i tried to take a few days off (had my pre-scheduled posts ready to go) and that seemed to help!

lovely little details {blog}

kimberly Van Ness said...

When I am feeling overwhelmed I like to make a to-do list of things I've already accomplished during the day (even simple ones like 'eat breakfast' and 'hit snooze button four times') and then cross every single item out. Then I add two or three things that I need to get done to the bottom. The perspective of having a lot crossed off and only a little left to do makes everything seem somehow more manageable.

And when all else fails, hot chocolate + one of the Harry Potter books + a comfy couch is a pretty foolproof solution to happiness :)

Hope the day gets better :)

astrid irene natalie said...

of course we know those days!!
I like to bake, warms up the room as well as making it smell divine xx

Annette said...

first. google episodes of 30 rock, ( perhaps when the baby is down for a nap.) Second, do something kind for someone. Either shoot an e-mail, send some snail mail, or call someone you love. Then finally, treat yourself to a bath. Always does the trick for me.

Anonymous said...

Hi Joanna,

All last week I felt out of sorts.
However I would say the best thing would be talking to someone that you love could help.
If not watching a tv show that you like e.g. Mad Men or taking walk in a park help too.

Lauren said...

Blogging always relaxes me. Also, talking to a good friend either on the phone or over coffee.

Alice said...

Johanna!!! NO! Don't be sad!

This video cheered me up!! :)
http://likeasilhouette.blogspot.com/

Casie Haley Photography said...

Smiles from my boys, a great cup of coffee, a jog on the treadmill, wearing my sunglasses in the winter, and an old song... these are all things that bring me up when I'm feeling down!

Amy said...

A bug bunch of greens in a vase helps to cheer me up. Lots of texture and different shades of green, in a vase so I can set it wherever I can see it. That and a cup of spicy tea go a long way to helping cheer my soul. It's even better to give a bunch of greens to a friend, too - then you've helped someone else with something beautiful as well.

Melissa said...

So sorry to hear that!

A walk in nature or sitting on the beach staring at and listening to the ocean never fails to rejuvenate me.

In my business I have found that for me, overwhelm comes from a lack of focus on my goals and a to-do list that isn't prioritized. Sitting down and working on where I want to go, and how I can get there always helps me get my work groove back.

Hope you are feeling better soon!

Melanie's Randomness said...

Reading a good book! I hope they are plowing the city good today!! Hopefully the snow will stay stopped for the rest of today!! Feel better Jo!

Melanie's Randomness

Nancy said...

A walk outside, doing some yoga and deep breathing, making a pot of soup, and watching curb your enthusiasm on dvd (Larry David's pure absurdity breaks through my bad moods every time!). Hope the funk lifts soon :)

sam said...

A good cuppa tea.

annawithlove said...

turn off phone and computer, poor yourself your favorite glass of wine and put on your favorite movie!
xo feeling it too!
http://www.annawithlove.com

Sarah said...

Awww. I'm feeling pretty blue today too!

I like to listen to silly, bad music that always makes me smile. Everyone has secret songs like that. :)

Two of mine are "In the Summertime" by Mungo Jerry and "Right Back Where We Started From" by Maxine Nightingale. Try it!

Nicole Jeannette said...

All of the time! Today I have a pretty slow schedule, but the answer is yes and often! I just keep my chin up and realize that "this too shall pass."

Sarah said...

ooh this song!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOrH30uE8Ug

Sam Cooke always puts me in a good mood :)

Anonymous said...

Listening to my favorite music, reading your blog and going for a walk. Also, making a list of all the good things in my life and knowing things will look rosy soon! Hope you feel better, Joanna.

Pistachio said...

Sorry to hear you are feeling blue :( It really is such a grey day.

I like to take Jingi for a walk, go to the gym, call a friend that I have not talked to in a long while, play some happy music!
Cheers!!

Sammy Jo said...

I put on my headphones, turn the volume up, listen, watch and relax...

enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7deClndzQw

lyndafitz said...

allow the mood.........don't marinate in it but allow it. it is ok to have it happen. tomorrow will be a better day.........I adore your blog. thanks for all the work you do on this effort. Be well- Lynda

Laura said...

me too! I took the day off because I don't feel like trudging into work in the snow AGAIN! I bought myself a bunch of daisies at Trader Joes, and I'm thinking burgers (on the grill pan) and macaroni salad for dinner tonight, because, WHY NOT???

Belen said...

Take a shower, put your most comfy pjs on, sit on the sofa and have a nice cup of tea, while you read a book or watch a film.
This works for me.I know it is a bit difficult to do having a little baby at home, I know I have one at home, but you can try.

Sammi said...

me too :(

Anonymous said...

billie holiday

Kate said...

paint your nails a bright color & get dressed up! eat something delicious (if not slightly indulgent!) and don't leave your apartment if you don't have to!

acrossbee said...

Hi, I make a cup of oolong tea, light some candles, read Peanuts comics and spritz myself with one of my favorite perfumes!

acrossbee

Anonymous said...

Wear bright colors and watch some funny youtube videos!

holtkamp said...

a good movie and sweet treat always cheer me up! or a couple minutes of good meditation! :)

Kelsi said...

Kickboxing... sometimes it feels good to hit things. And I take a loooooong shower afterward.

Anonymous said...

wear pale pink, drink hot tea with milk, watch a good movie...

Shorty said...

I had one of these days yesterday. A milk shake or frappe often helps, and sometimes buying myself something new, or taking a walk outside when the weather is nice, and always talking to my best friend a.k.a. my husband. Hope your days gets brighter.

likeitsgolden said...

I'm also a working mom so i know how you feel. Luckily a day off helps when im feeling overwhelmed and since I'm a teacher, today's snow storm granted me one today :)

J.Elizabeth said...

this video is the sweetest thing ever. i hope to be this spunky when im 82 (and three quarters)

http://vimeo.com/11736134

just makes me daydream of spring so soon!

Leah said...

Winter will do that to you! When I'm feeling the winter funks, sometimes I will head out! No use being cooped up, keep your jammies on but bring out your big boots and coat and scarf and mittens, take a short walk to the market or coffee shop, get something that's *good for your soul*, whether it's mocha with whipped cream or chips and dip! Pick your poison. Then head back home and pop in a movie and enjoy your snack.
xoxo Jo, have a cozy day!

gc said...

Hi Joanna!
I am a reader with a baby the same age as Toby (well, we had the same due date but Toby was early and my girl August was late!).

I second all suggestions of a bath, wine, and a nice chat with a friend.

It is hard wearing all the hats we all wear, plus on top of that all you New Yorkers are snowed in! (I hate to admit that I live in sunny LA - but don't any of you Angelenos get the sunny blues? I get washed out by all this sun and go insane sometimes! It sounds so lame but it's 80 degrees here today and I am dying for snow!)

Anyway, when I've gotten overwhelmed by life, I just try to stop multi-tasking and focus on one thing - whether that be yoga, a book, a movie, or whatever.

Hang in there!
Ginny

www.ginnycook.net
www.light-in-august.tumblr.com

Kristin Nicole said...

I hear you-- I've been feeling pretty blue with all this grey, grey weather we've been having in the Midwest. It seems like mental health days, cookies, hugs,pretty things and tea are the best medicine (for me at least!).

Poppy K said...

This should cheer you up - Anthropologie just announced they're doing a wedding collection - lovely images to pore over!

lanban said...

I always either a) listen to my favourite album, or b) watch Breakfast at Tiffany's. Nothing like a little Audrey to make the world seem a little bit brighter. LOVE your blog!

Jesse said...

watching some outtakes of your favorite tv shows on youtube. yesterday i watched friends and i instantly felt better:)

cat said...

impromptu dance party. the sillier, the better. :)

Anonymous said...

I look at my son's blog of his art work:

zekemakesart.wordpress.com

junebug said...

I was just googling home remedies for anxiety. I hear you. If I didn't have anything to do today, I'd go sledding with my kids and take pictures of the inches! and inches! of snow. If I didn't have any kids, I'd spend the entire day at ABC Carpet and Home or Olde Good Things. Looking at beautiful things always makes me feel better, and the crowds there aren't extreme. Plus, the stuff is too expensive/big to risk the buyers' remorse that may result if I walk around other stores.
Alas, I'm at work and having a hard time beating the blues.

MelMel said...

I was feeling like that today, as my little cat was at the vets, she is home now and I'm so happy!
I eat chocolate when I get out of sorts!xx

janet said...

Morning Jo,

What cheers me up?

Having my mailman deliver my artist's issue of Altered Couture Magazine in which I am featured on page 118-119 !!! WooHoo!!

That really put a huge smile on my face.

janet xox

PS...cheer up ..you are loved ;-)

Mommybreath said...

I put in my ear buds grab a cup of cofee and head to the fabric store. Even if I don't buy anything I feel inspired. Something about running your hands through fabric and filling your head with possibilities. :)

Yoga works too. One hour+

Or three beers and a chick flick...

C'mon spring! Feel better.

Tish said...

well that pup works lol...also coffee with cinnamon in it. :)
works like a charm...

www.luvandkiwi.com

*mAki* said...

Yes, I know the feeling.. All the snow and snow and snow, and not being able to do as much...

I say, hug Toby and watch some silly movies!!!

rebecca s. said...

what works for me is to just accept that all days are not good and then i spoil myself rotten with me time. any of these things are an instant pick me up... i take a walk or bike ride, water my plants, spend time in the garden, read a bit with a nice cup of tea, take time to call or write loved ones or bake up something special. sometimes just giving yourself half an hour of attention to "catch your breath" and relax works miracles.

Denise said...

my puppy and son. or a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

Monique said...

We've gotten more snow here in NYC then I can ever remember. I'm a native. It does start to get to you after a while. I think bundling up and embracing it. Basking in it's beauty is the best thing to do. Much love to you and your family. Stay Up!

Robin said...

Watch "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" - you may lose a few IQ points but I get the impression that you have a few to spare!

mosey said...

My mantra: "put on your shoes" (and then get out the door and walk somewhere).

I know those funks so well. Hope yours is short-lived.
(my word verification is UNGST, which is how I feel...)

What's Delicious? said...

Discovering new music. Personally, really into the Soulsavers right now jennie t.

http://jenniesdeliciousblog.blogspot.com/

Trina said...

A good workout! When I feel blue for longer than a day or two, I find it's usually because of endorphin withdrawal. Otherwise, I try to take the bluesiness as it comes and not fight it...or wallow in it, or otherwise read too much into it...but just let it be, and in the meantime write it out, watch a favorite old movie, have a little comfort food and go to bed early. I usually wake up feeling much better in the morning.

Little Flapper said...

Mint Tea :) And my cuddling with my puppy!

my little apartment said...

I know that feeling. I always tell my boyfriend that "I've got heavy boots", which seems to convey things accurately.

Tiernae Salley said...

It must be in the air, because I have that same exact feeling today. I am attempting to cure it with a good cup of coffee, some of my favorite mellow music, a book for class and talking to a dear friend as much as possible through out the day.

I hope your day gets better!!

Poet Whale said...

I create day dreams of making things to sell. I write down the stlyes, pricing, costs and time lines. I then move on to choosing a brand name. That can take hours because of the research, and fun...or finding out the domain name is taken.

Exploring ideas and learning new things is like discovering Spring is really inside your heart!

Leigh said...

think of your cute husband, your adorable baby, and your health. remember that every day each of us is doing "better than some and not as good as others". it's just life...but we all have so much to be grateful for!

Aeri said...

Blasting music and reading blogs like yours! I look forward to your daily updates filled with interesting finds!!!

Rachel said...

I know what cheers me up: I got an e-mail this morning from Anthropologie that their wedding website, BHLDN, will be up soon! On February 14th, actually! I have no plans to get married in the near future, but I'm happy that they'll be around when I do!

Arielle said...

I understand Joanna. I just moved to a new city with my boyfriend where I don't know anyone and my boyfriend works crazy hours (9am to either 7 or 8pm). What's been cheering me up is blasting music while I cook or bake and just going for walks around my new neighborhood. I broke my wrist (great timing, I know) so I can't do the normal things that cheer me up like biking and taking yoga or dance classes, but my other methods have been working.

An Invitation said...

My best pick-me-up is exercise. Yoga does the job especially well :)

Anonymous said...

My darling sister shared this book with me: The Secret Remedy Book:
A story of Comfort & Love, by Karin Cates. In the back are a list of "remedies". This book is what you need when you're feeling down, lonely, homesick, worried, or a little of each. It's seven remedies are sure to inspire your mind and charm your heart: On of my favorite is:
*Take a walk as far as you can. You must see something that you have never noticed before....another....
*Write a cheerful letter to some dear soul. You must put something unexpected in the envelope....now, my very favorite:
*Dream of doing great things. You must think of one small, great thing you can do tomorrow.

If reading this book fails I just go with the tried and true saying:
"If you need a lift, lift someone else". Works every time....I promise!!!

Kelly's Adventures said...

Putting on a song I love and just dancing. Or a new pair of shoes. OR getting my hair done depending on the budget when I need cheering up!

Snappy Di said...

I RARELY get the blues. It takes a lot to get me down in the dumps, but shopping is always a good cure.

Di

D&D said...

Easy solution: Rent Woody Allen's "Everyone Says I Love You"

trust me.

Anonymous said...

pajamas, a cozy blanket, a big bowl of cereal, and a movie like clueless :)

everyone goes through down days/weeks...but most of us are lucky in that we can go to your blog for a little pick-me-up :) thanks for making so many blah days happy!

Anonymous said...

Basically just getting up and doing something outside. Sitting down dwelling on the funk you are in is never healthy. Going for a walk with my ipod always makes me feel better! :)

Also, strumming the shit out of a guitar also feels good!

Claire said...

i just celebrated this snow day/ wet mess (depending on how you see it with a goat cheese omelette, roasted tomatoes, buttermilk pancakes and a brunch-time beer!

Ana* said...

talking to God, talking to myself, talking to others. lots of fruits, and singing... Cheer up beautiful lady!

Anonymous said...

hot chocolate with marshmallows, yoga, nap, antioxidants (more good food-good mood business), willy wonka and the chocolate factory, cinderella, pretty woman, a fireplace, warm chocolate chip cookies...

Anonymous said...

oh! and my favorite- writing in my journal!!!

Katie said...

Agreed on the jaunts outside - I have a CVS about 5 blocks away in my suburb neighborhood. I can't afford retail therapy like new shoes, but fun nail polish or a candy bar will do! (I miss Duane Reade, but down here CVS always has fun deals.) Usually after the walk and air I'm pepped up. Not much people watching here, but there's usually an entertaining squirrel or dog on my walk!

Natalia Lopérgolo said...

A cup of coffee "UNA TAZA DE CAFÉ"...
disco music... my daughter eyes...

I like this blog... Its New for me. Great designs and photos.

Natalia
http://christianbale74.blogspot.com/

...like a rolling stone. said...

an old, favorite movie. it just takes your mind off of things and also brings a whole lot of comfort.
that and ben + jerrys. ha.
hope you're feeling better! but we've all been there... the sun'll come out.

wonderousclusterf#@k said...

Cuddling up on the couch with my basset hound Cheese! Instant good mood: http://www.flickr.com/photos/theclusterf__k/4898499383/in/set-72157624433219115/

egirl said...

Go to Le Petit Puppy store on Christopher and watch the puppies play! It ALWAYS makes me smile and cheers me up!

Ana Degenaar said...

I usually chat to my daughter. She doesn't speak yet but she is a good listener. Then we cuddle.
Hope you feel better!
Hugs

Jess said...
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Jillian said...

http://cornflakedreams.blogspot.com/2011/01/happy-makers.html

pupppies always perk me up :)hang in there! xoxo jcd

Jess said...

Not to sound conceited, but I visit blogs and vlogs from women who remind me of...me! Those women inspire me and I know I'd be friends with... I also look for ways to laugh...like watching Brian Regan on YouTube. :]

Bronwyn said...

Hot showers, long runs, tea...
And listening to slightly sad songs.
I hope you feel better!

windeater.blogspot.com

Tasha Imajin said...

Watching the Sound of Music flash mob video always makes my heart swell. I might cry a little, but it makes me feel better!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EYAUazLI9k

Brynn said...

I think that furry little guy would put me in a good mood! I'm a fan of the non-traditional furries though, a baby orangutan ALWAYS puts a smile on my face!
like this guy- http://babyanimalz.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/BABY-ORANGUTAN-1.jpg squeal!!

Jenni Austria Germany said...

i love that someone suggested "smoking pot"...ha! oh, anonymous.... just go have some cuddle time with toby. i'm sure that'd help. :)

Anonymous said...

lots of hugs, wearing bright lipstick, dark chocolate, and cranking the radio and dancing!! or i try to do something to help brighten someone else's day...that always does the trick :)

hope you de-funk soon :)

Keri said...

Oh dear. Me too! January is endless this year. I get a lift from going out for a walk, or hearing my girls laugh. And something warm: tea, soup, grilled cheese! Hope you shake the blues soon.

Mabel and Zora said...

Seeing the smile of our 5 month old baby girl always brighten our day. Toby could be your cure. Cute photo. Get well soon!

Allie said...

I keep a blog just for such occasions! http://1000-happy-things.blogspot.com/

Carolyn said...

soak in the beauty of the funk. It feels offsetting but there is beauty in every emotion. When I'm in a funk I like to try to look at my surroundings in a different perspective and notice wait usually swishes by me. Go to a public area and just observe life around you and allow yourself to think out anything.

Anonymous said...

Definitely a short walk to get a latte. Nothing better.

EmilyCatherine said...

Daily Vitamin D supplements. Revolutionary.

For more info, check out Gwenyth's article on goop.

Anonymous said...

Shopping and retail therapy. Guaranteed to make you feel better.

Corinna said...

if i'm stuck in class then i google images of "cute horses." or i go to awkwardfamilyphotos- if i can keep a poker face while in class!

if at home, go to the gym, go get a cupcake, or go get my nails done! (aka, get out of the house!) usually i have some self-loathing when i'm in a funk, so i try to do something that makes me feel vibrant, healthy, and pretty!

Laura said...

a nice bag of potato chips, a walk outside, and laughing baby youtube clips.

hope your day gets better. sending you a big hug!!

Nicole said...

Remembering how lucky I am and trying to get over it. :)

TheSensesFive said...

I like the first anonymous comment. haha. I get the funks often from Jan - March. Big fan of naps, wine, and if the funk isn't money related, shopping. Hope you feel better! Just get cozy! xoxo

Corabelle said...

looking at all the pretty things on
http://pinterest.com/
lol cats, playing with my kids, watching my favorite 80's movies,
and coffee. I cant think of a time where a good cup of coffee hasnt made me happy. :)

Carolyn said...

Eating a deliscious slice of thick chocolate cake... hug my little dackel dog!!! Phone my sister.. and have a giggle! acknowledge I'm having an off ish day and laugh!

Suppose we all have them!!!

Chin up...
Love & hugs, Carolyn

jill said...

try to find a babysitter, and surprise your husband with taking him on a date this evening. force yourself to dress up a little bit, and have a terrific time just reconnecting and refueling with your loved one...
that always does the trick when i need to get out of a slump!

Breezy said...

For me, I listen to fun music. Even though everything in me doesn't want to turn it on, once I do I feel better. I also buy myself or someone else something. Or write someone a card. Or I clean. That makes me feel accomplished. Haha I hope you feel better! Saying a prayer right now!

lynette said...

This might sound silly but I accept that it's going to be a funky-blue day and I have the best damn funky-blue day I can have, indulging in all the things that make me feel comfortable. Then I go to bed and allow myself to start fresh the next day, remembering everything I have to be grateful for.

Anonymous said...

This short rib and melted cheese sandwich (from Joan's on Third in L.A) -- http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2010/02/grilled_cheese_and_short_rib_sandwiches_with_pickled_caramelized_onions_and_arugula

sherri lynn said...

paint your nails a fun color, write someone a note to cheer them up, and eat some dark chocolate :)

stephanie Toole said...

French music and a good cup of coffee!

missmehoneybee said...

A good long afternoon nap, buying something, even something cheap,getting out of the house. Getting lost in a movie. Sunshine.

Kade said...

Music always dramatically changes my mood... That being said, this is a go to of mine for funky days!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Dw9ag7ItJk

the gracious gaze said...

If I do some laundry I start to feel productive...and it leads to real work!

Madelyne said...

I've been in quite a funk myself. Last night, I curled up with my husband and puppies and we watched the ridiculousness of American Idol. Omg... you can't help at laugh at those people! And be in awe and smile at the people that are really good :)

House of Milk said...

My best advice would be to go to Sephora, get something that makes you feel pretty, get some amazingly good coffee and call someone who loves you immensely.

PoetessWug said...

Oh Yeah, it happens to me! I say go and put some music on and dance or sing...or both! That always does it for me! :-)

Kiley said...

I'm feeling the same way today... bleck. What always makes me feel better is shopping my closet, putting on a cute outfit I don't normally wear or some cute makeup, maybe a bright lipstick.

ag. said...

That't the way I've been feeling for the last two weeks! Some very supportive words from bloggers and a break from the everyday really seemed to change things for me...and getting back to the gym! Hope you're feeling better soon!

Rachel Tobias said...

Doing something out of the ordinary, or rather out of your comfort zone can be empowering and boost both your self esteem and your smile! I took a samba class the other night even though I would have much rather curled up and done nothing after a long day of work, but after the class I felt energized and joyful from a night of movement, joy, and being around other people.

I recently listened a lecture by a neurologist who told us that the things that make us happy (according to our brains are)

1. Sleep
2. Faith
3. Exercise
4. Being with others
5. Volunteering

One that I might add is 6. Creating. I also always find joy when I create something new or bring a new value to something.

Just my ideas!

Feel better!

Rachel

ana said...

exercise! i know how awful it sounds when you're in a funk, but i feel like a completely different person after just 20min on the elliptical.

One and Only Paris Photography said...

Nothing! Just do nothing! relax. breath. read a book.
I am a photographer. I blog, try to get on the social network with Facebook Twitter,... everybody seems to want to laugh, jump, have extraordinary events and ideas. This is not life. Life can be slow and take time to evolve.
So much pressure to doing something new every week, to impress.... Just relax!

ola appletea said...

I just listen to the music I like or drink a great special made tea or play with my baby or go for the walk :)

Hope you get better already :)

Anneka said...

Some tender love-making: lose yourselves in oxytocin fueled bliss.

Bethany Susan said...

i listen to this song and look at family photos. makes me feel better. hope you feel happier soon! xoxo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if03tlomOZY

Anonymous said...

Usually listening to a good "story" helps to distract form my blah feeling. I would recommend The Moth podcast, it's very heartfelt and usually pretty funny. Plus if you have a ton to do you can always put it on in the background. Feel better!

kate mcgill said...

i find that doing something out of the ordinary can quickly change my mood - like making a martini and watching sex in the city in the middle of the day... or just a walk to go get a chai latte from the coffee shop. a little change can help shift the blues. :)

Lola Nicole said...

I've been feeling the same way. Yesterday I meditated for an hour. I sat in complete darkness and just sat in silence. It did wonders to my mood. :)

Claire Gibson King said...

Why don't you go and get your nails done with a really bright color. That always makes me feel better. And have a nice glass of wine with dinner. Hope you get out of you funk soon.
xo

Ruth said...

I'm sorry to hear that you're not yourself. I suffer from anxiety and that can really get me down sometimes so I know how you feel. One thing that always puts a smile on my face is this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z4m4lnjxkY

If that doesn't work I find watching a favourite film works wonders. :)

Kerry said...

Oh god yes...winter and a baby can do that to a person. Yoga always works for me!

Anonymous said...

What a cute picture! Hope you cheer up soon!

Jessie Leigh said...

I find that taking the little one to do something simple that I know will make him giggle always makes me feel better. Let's face it, sometimes the ultimate mood booster is making a sweet baby happy.

laurenjeanallece said...

People have already said it but, TOBY! That's one of the best features of babies! If I get down I watch video clips of my nephew and it makes me laugh every time! Hope you're feeling better soon Joanna, I just hate that feeling of ennui!

laurenjeanallece said...

Oh, and this blog helps too! http://allcreatures.tumblr.com/

melissa said...

I'm in a funk too. Lately what has been giving me a little smile is finishing a huge knitting project and starting a new embroidery project (also learning a new skill! I don't know embroidery). And my kitties who are ever so faithful with the snuggling. Small warm purring things help everything look better.

mosey said...

The only thing that works for me is putting my favorite songs on quite loud, and dancing around the house like maniac.
Right now my top two faves are 'bulletproof' by la roux and 'fembot' by robyn.

tricia said...

a good margarita; listening to some piano-heavy 80s/90s house music; reading a good book. :)

Tinkaterr said...

A hot bath with Lavender essence, a cup of Earl Grey tea served in a pretty vintage cup and saucer, slipping into a bed with freshly made set of sheets and a delicious new book. A slow, lazy walk around the neighborhood bundled up all warm and cozy.

Feel better soon.

x

nicole addison said...

whenever my friends and i lived together we'd turn up the heat just a bit and get all dressed up for the summer. cute summery dresses, cocktails, yummy summerey meals and it helped just a bit:) just think it's just around the corner!

Kate said...

Joanna, I don't know if you like Iron & Wine, but their new album released this week is amazing and put me in such a great mood driving to work this morning. Maybe it will help? Also, doing any kind of craft project or project around the house to keep my mind busy does wonders.

Jenny said...

I'm sorry you're feeling like that Joanna :(. At the moment watching my little girl play with her toys lifts my mood. She is so fascinated by little things like zips and clothing labels and will fiddle with them with such an intense look on her face like she is discovering something profound - so gorgeous to watch! Sadly today she's been sick and all she wants is cuddles (not that I mind that!) - hopefully tomorrow she'll be back with her beloved zips and labels!

babyblue said...

go in the bathroom, shut the door, and do a little dance in front of the mirrior. works everytime!

Murphy said...

Aretha Franklin or the Supremes and a healthy dose of sunshine!

Sarah said...

An outdoor stroll, a yoga class, some meditation, a glass of wine on the couch with a great friend. Reminding myself that today will pass and tomorrow will come and so my emotions will change with it.

Sarah

http://fashionotes.com

Holly said...

taking a bath with a bath bomb from LUSH.

buying a new book.

organizing things.

those do it for me!

freelevy said...

I usually take a handful of Ativan and see download a something on Netflix. Works every time.

Haley said...

A cup of tea, some yummy dark chocolate, a warm shower, yoga pants, and a good book.

Feel better.

Amber said...

Cutting myself some slack and eating out for dinner, watching awful TV and just granting myself lazy time.

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