Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Word of Advice ...

... for me, this time, not FROM me.

I've been in a bit of a funk lately. I'm not sure exactly why. Oh, I'm sure I could come up with a number of possibilities, if I stopped to think about it. But I don't want to think about it. I just want to feel happy again. Or, at least, slightly less irritated with the world in general.

A good start would probably be to stop watching "House Hunters International." Y'all ever watched this show? It will make you want to rip your hair out. It typically features a poorly dressed American couple (frequently the sort of people who put little hats and sweaters on their dogs - seriously, who does that?) who are unhappy in Seattle/Los Angeles/New York/Miami, so they're looking for a summer home - not a new home, but a SECOND home - in a more exotic locale - Mexico, Australia, the Mediterranean. And the typical budget is between $750,000 and $3,000,000. Shows like this make me think that the economy simply isn't bad enough yet.

Of course, I think the same thing when I see teenagers driving BMWs.

I digress. It's not just TV or dog sweaters or spoiled teenagers. It's ... everything. And nothing. I just don't feel like myself lately.

And so I ask you, gentle readers: what do you do when you've had a bad week or two? What do you do to snap out of it or to try to refocus your brain? What are one or two things that always cheer you up?

10 comments:

Nicole said...

You need to make yourself a cake from scratch. Normally I wouldn't suggest food, but making a cake takes work and it is SO MUCH BETTER than a boxed cake. Ahhh. Maybe I'll do that today. (Seriously - tears of joy.)

Mother of the Wild Boys said...

I was in a big funk last month...like all month long. You might say that I am a woman acquainted with funk. :)

Nikki said...

Music is my release. It's the only thing that's almost 100% effective for dealing with a bad mood slump in my world. But I know it doesn't work for everyone. Hope you feel better soon.

SweetSarah said...

remember what's good in life,be thankful for what you do have..... or get some CHOCOLATE!

MrsPerrbear said...

I usually do two things. First I walk away from my computer. Turn it off for a day or two. Last time I did it, I updated my facebook status to let everyone know I was taking a break, and then left it alone for three days. I am convinced that there are times that watching too much tv, or reading too many blogs or websurfing depresses me more than I was before...so I walk away.
Then, I find a good, fat book and go outside to read it. I hate being outside usually...there's heat, and bees, and bugs...but still, I find a nice spot and read a great book. I just finished The Red Tent, after someone recommended it to me, and it was beautiful. And when I was finished...I felt a lot better.
Just my suggestions...

jgirl said...

focus on what I KNOW makes me happy and put sweaters on my dog for entertainment purposes.;0) (((HUGS))) Jill, we all have ups and downs...the key is to focus on the ups. =0)

Michelle said...

If you are able, a long day at the beach alone. Take a nap, read a book, drink an ice cold coke, listen to the water, watch the waves.
I do agree with you on that show though and I have only seen it once.

cracheld said...

Know that it is completely normal to go through a funk and that everyone has those days...or weeks. The good times wouldn't be as appreciated if you never went through a down time.

You are an incredible woman and I have absolutely loved getting to know you over the past several weeks. You are such an inspiration and you are doing such a wonderful thing by telling your story and having so many great resources on your website. Wish I could give you a big hug and then take you out for ice cream right now! :) (yes, I KNOW food isn't supposed to help...but sometimes...it just does!) Rachael

Margaret said...

Hmmm..... I dont think you can do what I do. I spend some "grown-up" time with hubby ;-)

Lara said...

When I need a little TLC, I get a little self-indulgent. For the first little while that usually involves eating too much, bathing too little, and watching too much trashy TV. Then when I get sick of myself, I give myself the self-indulgent treats that I usually neglect. Like skipping work and driving to the mountains all by myself without telling anyone. Or spending an afternoon at the library. Going to the craft store seems to waken creative momentum in me when nothing else can. I'll peruse through all the beautiful things, pick out and buy something, then delve into the new craft, no matter how horrible or wonderful it turns out. Those are the things I love to do, they are totally self-indulgent, but they don't get done that frequently since they take a little effort.