In Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere, one of the characters makes a toasted bread, butter, and caramelized sugar sandwich to ease “a low day.” We all have low days from time to time. Here are some of the things I do to turn a gloomy day around.
- Go for a drive. Since my eye surgeries, I really don’t drive on the highways anymore, but, on the plus side, I’m always taking Sunday Drives in the Country and getting to enjoy the more sedate pace. Taking a drive through a scenic area can be soothing to the soul.
- Go for a walk. A good long walk can make everything seem better. If you can walk along water, even better. There’s something about seeing and hearing water that puts things in perspective.
- Make a good cup of tea. I drink gallons of tea all day using a teabag mashed into the Keurig. But if I want to relax, I have loose tea, in a proper tea bag, and use correctly boiled water and a timer to measure the steeping time. It’s not just that the tea is better (although Heavenly Cream has a lot over Red Rose!) but there is something meditative in the preparation process.
- Diffuse essential oils. I’m not an oil wizard like a lot of people I know, but diffusing oils has a lovely and calming effect. I like Frankincense, Elemi, or Young Living’s Inner Child.
- Hug your pet (or someone else’s pet – just ask first!) From my work with my former pup who was a therapy dog, I witnessed first-hand the calming effects of a dog. Teddy is just starting to get out of his nippy puppy stage so he’s starting to be soothing.
- Put on lipstick. Put on a nice, bright lipstick. Red in fall and winter. Pink in summer and spring.
- Read something spiritual. I always have low days when I stray too far from the source. I’m loving Mary Magdalene Revealed as it speaks to where I am spiritually right now.
- Watch Instant Family. It’s hilarious and makes you cry. Plus, Octavia Spencer always makes one believe that everything is going to be OK. (If you’ve not seen
- Watch RuPaul’s Drag Race. It needs a language warning, but the drama is epic. No matter what kind of crazies are stirring up trouble in your life, they likely don’t hold a candle to these larger-than-life personalities.
- Play some good music. I know it’s as basic as liking Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Hunter boots, but Natasha Bedingfield’s Unwritten never fails to cheer me.
This is an updated version of my most popular post on this blog and I thought it might be useful if you have the holiday blues.