What Cheers You Up When You’re Feeling Blue?

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Heya, chicas. Hope your day’s been a good one so far.


Things are much better on this end. A pint of Haagen-Daz Dulce de Leche fro-yo, a long bath and some Sex and the City episodes from season deux (remember when Carrie dates the new Yankee?!) helped lift me out of my funk. πŸ™‚

Earlier while I was chillin’ in the tub, I got to thinking about the different things that comfort us when we’re feeling out of sorts. For me, most of the time a relaxing activity, like watching a movie, helps a lot, but I also have those moments when a long run or walk does the trick.

What cheers you up when you’re feeling down? Please share a few of your favorites in the comments.

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  1. Taffy says:

    Well, I’m feeling pretty blue lately and I’m kinda embarassed to admit it but I just found this website today and made me feel a whole lot better…!

    .-= Taffy’s last blog post… Nine More Days Til Supernatural Is Back! =-.

  2. Luciole says:

    The Muppet Show, online shopping, and some junk food or snacks. I’m feeling crappy lately (thank you, PMS), so I’ve been shopping a lot.

  3. Archelle says:

    MBB, of course!

    Also Grand Theft Auto. πŸ˜€

    • Karen says:

      Hi Archelle,


      Oh, and Grand Theft Auto is one of my BFF’s favorite games! I’ve never played it before, but something tells me I’d be terrible at it. I’m one of those drivers who is happy to chug along in the slow lane.

  4. shontay says:

    Hey Karen,

    Music always saves me when I’m feeling blue. It just does something to my soul, whether it’s beyonce, john mayer, or kanye west. I can’t stay down for long when I have my music and that’s why I travel with my ipod 24/7 (along with my lip gloss, girl). πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Shontay,

      Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could find a way to combine the iPod with a lipstick/lipgloss holder? You’d never have to be without the essentials.

      LOL, a billion years ago I saw John Mayer live in SF. He winked and smiled while he was playing on stage (my friend Roz can attest to this). I was giddy for days.

      How was your Tuesday? Anything exciting happen?

  5. Kelly says:

    Watching something funny like Seinfeld always cheers me up. And definitely anything cake like πŸ™‚
    .-= Kelly’s last blog post… Get Your Fish Here! =-.

  6. Tiffany says:

    Listening to music really loudly, reading a good book to distract myself, or looking at something funny online to make myself laugh!

  7. Vonvon says:

    Shopping! And if I’ve over my budget on shopping, then just spend some time looking and admiring my collection Stila, Anna sui’s, Estee Lauder, etc, playing with them….. πŸ˜‰

    Or just simply whip out some old DVDs of my favorite dramas and watch the episodes which I like!
    .-= Vonvon’s last blog post… Workshops I’ve Attended: Clarins Power To Try Workshop =-.

  8. Marce says:

    Karen, I love you. LOL
    Go Dulce De Leche! You HAVE to try good Argentine ice-cream, really creamy with chunks of dulce de leche in it. It’ll rock.your.world.
    Anyway…when I feel rather bleu, azul, etc, I like chilling with music (I love music, good songs make me get goosebumps). Or hugging my dog. Or sitting in the sun. Or eating chocolate or something with hella calories. Or talking to my friends. You know, the usual cheesy stuff. =)
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… Alerta! – MAC Naked Honey =-.

  9. Sarah says:

    Hi Karen,

    My kitties, The Simpsons, and comfort food all together cheer me up.

    .-= Sarah’s last blog post… Mobile Wedding Chappel =-.

  10. hi karen!

    i like a nice strong mug of coffee (no milk, just sugar), a futurama DVD, and of course, cha cha! another thing that always gets me happier is dancing. now, there’s this new dance teacher at my studio that i’ve been fantasizing about…
    .-= ines + cha cha’s last blog post… Back to School Special – Three Looks with One Outfit =-.

  11. Ruth says:

    Baskin Robbins Pink Bubblegum ice cream, dairy milk chocolate & Pride & Prejudice !

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ruth,

      I haven’t had that BR flavor in years. I can’t believe it’s still around.

      How do you feel about their seasonal Peppermint? I wait all year for it.

  12. shontay says:

    OMG, Karen!!! I would’ve passed out right there if john winked at me. I am seriously in love with him. So hot.

    Anyway, nothing exciting for me today. I’m just chilling out because later I’m supposed to help my friend clean up the place she’s moving out of. Yeah, middle of the night cleaning because I’m such an awesome friend. LOL

    • Karen says:

      Hi Shontay,

      Yeah, I was pretty stoked at the time. I saw him twice before he really blew up — once at a teeny tiny club where he was a stone’s throw away, and the second time at the Fillmore in SF. What do you think of all his new tats? I’m not crazy about them…

      Aren’t you on vacay this week? That’s nice of you to help move your friend!

  13. Colette says:

    i have a very similar routine to yours karen! it involves a movie marathon: for me its Gilmore Girls-the crazy talk makes me laugh no matter what situation. its always season 1, 2, or 3 for me cuz those were the best. and milo venitmigilia **sigh**
    i eat my cocoa camino dark chocolate bar (55% cocoa and its organic and fair trade so no guilt trips there.
    this goes down in my bed with all the covers wrapped around me as i feast literally and (on milo)
    aaah sweeeet therapy

    • Karen says:

      Hi Colette,

      You are too cute. I have yet to watch the Gilmore Girls. Gotta remember to put that one on my list. πŸ™‚

      Since you’re a Milo fan, are you excited for the new season of Heroes?

  14. CC says:

    reality TV on the Bravo network!!

  15. Hyzenthlay says:

    Hi Karen,
    I’m curious, which tiny club did you see JM at? I saw him years ago at a small club in SF and could almost reach out at touch him. One of my friends at the time was good friends with one of his backup musicians at the time, which was pretty cool. I remember that later that year or the next year he opened for Norah Jones in SF and I was SO angry that I missed that show!
    As far as things that always make me feel better . . . I love walking through the drugstore at the Marketplace, then going to Panda Express and getting an order of Orange Chicken, and finally returning home to either watch retuns of The Simpsons, Futurama, or Bones OR a movie. If my boyfriend is involved, that makes it just THAT MUCH BETTER πŸ™‚
    Oh, and I make sure to give my dog a lot of scratches, so I get the “I adore you” look from him.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Hyzenthlay,

      GIRRRL — was that the show where John kept sipping on a cup of tea throughout the entire set? I think KFOG sponsored it. If you were there, then I was there too!

      Oh, too bad you missed the Norah Jones/John Mayer show at the Fillmore. It was really good! She opened for him, if my foggy memory serves me right.

      BTW, your cheering up ritual sounds lovely. Now I want some orange chicken.

  16. Kate & Zena says:

    When I’m having a bad day, I look no further than Zena. Since she’s come into my life, she’s managed to put a smile on my face with just one look. She’s cute put on a pedestal!

    If Zena is unavailable (which is never), a good book or an old Disney cartoon movie (Aristocats, 101 Dalmatians, etc. it all works for me).

  17. Luciole says:


    I’ve read about MuppetVision 3D! I’ve love to go someday, but California’s far from me; I’ll have to take a trip down there sometime to go see it!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Luciole,

      I really hope you get to see it. Both El Hub and I are HUGE fans of the Muppets, and we went frickin’ nuts… it’s like actually being in the Muppet theater!

      If you ever make it out here and up to Nor Cal let me know. I can give you a couple of fun things to do in San Francisco.

  18. Michelle says:

    Sadly, I turn to chocolate when I am feeling down. I do exercise 5-6 times a week, which does help with the blues. But sometimes a girl just needs chocolate LOL A fun lunch outing with the girls always seems to help, too!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Michelle,

      We are in the same boat. My weakness — warm chocolate brownies with a gooey center. When I eat them I tend to forget how many miles of running it takes to actually burn one off!

  19. Patty says:

    Baking. Gives me something positive to focus on, and I get a sweet treat when I’m done!

  20. Hyzenthlay says:

    That’s crazy πŸ™‚ I am pretty sure that was the same show I went to! I don’t remember the tea, because the thing that struck me the most was how focused he was during solos (to me he looked a bit constipated). I loved how much energy he put into playing for us, you could tell that it was truly the only thing in his world at that moment.
    You’re right about that Norah Jones/JM show . . . I’m still mad (this many years later) that I missed it!
    I’ve seen her a couple of times, before she got huge too, once at a winery in Mountain View and later at the open-air amphitheater in Berkeley. Both awesome shows.
    I am honored to share my comfort with you πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Hyzenthlay,

      How funny! The interwebz really does bring people closer together. I remember how “intense” he looked during the solos, too, ha ha! Did you know he has a blog? He rarely updates it, but it’s good for a laugh here and there.

      You are so lucky to have seen those Norah Jones shows. I bet the open-air theater show in Berkeley was awesome. I think she has a very soothing voice, and I love her lyrics. πŸ™‚

  21. Kelly says:

    I have eaten the cake slices at Safeway many, many times! I am a white cake and white frosting junkie, it’s soooo bad. I try to avoid that entire section like the plague now πŸ™‚
    .-= Kelly’s last blog post… Get Your Fish Here! =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kelly,

      Oh, that’s one I’ve yet to try! It sounds really good right now. Safeway is just steps away — right across the street! TEMPTATION!

      Have you tried any of their cake topped with fruit? I dunno… I like the idea of getting some fiber but if you’re gonna eat junk food I figure you might as well go all the way.

  22. Kypris says:

    Chocolate… and dance practice/lesson. I find focused exercise is rather meditative and often works wonders!

  23. shontay says:

    yeah, I am on vacay karen, but I’m helping her move because that’s what friends are for, right?

    I couldn’t believe john got his whole arm done. I don’t like tats at all, but I can overlook it for him. It seems out of character, but everything else about him makes up for it. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Shontay,

      I know! I was kinda shocked when I saw his arm sleeve. It seemed like such an extreme thing to do.

      Are you enjoying your vacay so far? What’s on your agenda for today?

  24. Sonja says:

    What helps the blues- chocolate (nutella included), music (wholeheartedly agree on john mayers music, though nobody’s ever heard of the guy in my country) some bbc drama or period drama (hello North&South and Jane Eyre) or just talking to my mother. And maybe, if the case is beyond helping watch Indiana Jones 3 for the millionth time.

    And mint tea, it always helps!

  25. Karen B says:

    The new Yankee!! Loved that episode πŸ™‚

    What cheers me up is a piece of really good Belgian chocolate and watching a musical. Lately it’s Sweeney Todd (I know, pretty macabre cheering up but the music is wonderful!).

    And I ordered my passport today. Had to use the speedy application though. That’ll be ouch in my wallet. But now I can get my ticket and I’m off to Canada on Wednesday !!! :):)

  26. Faye says:

    I think Haagen-Dasz frozen yogurt Dulce De Leche is my favorite sweet, Karen. I saw it and, in Pavlovian fashion, started salivating :).

    You know what’s really good? If you put some of this stuff in the blender with skim milk and even fat-free caramel sauce — you have fantastic, low-cal ice cream shake.

  27. well actually, it’s not even the way he looks, it’s the way we dance together, and how he moves, that makes me wonder about things that i’m not supposed to, if you know what i mean πŸ˜‰

    happy hump day!
    .-= ines, felix and kitten (the office kitties)’s last blog post… Fragrance Review (the Gardenia Quartet Part III) – Marc Jacobs Le Parfum =-.

  28. Jennifer says:

    When i’m feeling down I like to do the following:

    1.) Delicious jasmine tea
    2.) 3 mile run along the beach in Santa Monica
    3.) Shower with VIVO Natural Products’ bar soaps (they smell so yummy- especially their Rosewater & Jasmine shea butter soap)

    This will usually bring me back to good spirits! πŸ™‚

  29. Lisa says:

    I usually hole up on the couch, watch a ridiculous movie (or 30 Rock!), and cuddle with my kitty πŸ™‚

  30. Kristen says:

    Things that comfort me are:
    – My kitty
    – Long hot baths
    – Writing
    – Reading fashion magazines

    Doesn’t take much!
    .-= Kristen’s last blog post… Unexpected Eye Primer: Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow Stick in Vanilla =-.

  31. Kathleen says:

    Snuggling with my dog, or going for a long drive with loud music!
    .-= Kathleen’s last blog post… Product Review: Anew Clinical Derma-Full X3 Facial Filling Serum =-.

  32. auroragyps says:

    I suffer from depression, so I’ve tried to find lots of ways to keep myself from feeling bad. Wearing amazing nail polish colors can really help.. the ones that just make you feel good when you look at the color. Getting some love from my kitty never fails to make me smile and when she acts silly, I LOL & feel better. Comfort foods, like ice cream, fruity Jell-o with Cool Whip, & and yummy mashed potatoes never almost never fail at making me feel better (but not eaten all at once πŸ˜‰ ). Lastly, watching funny stuff on-line, like YouTube or Angry Alien.com’s 30 second movies made by bunnies, and happy, peppy music make me want to move and laugh and get up off my mopey butt.

    Oh, and cool beauty blogs are good too. πŸ˜›

    • Karen says:

      Hi Aurorgyps,

      What a lovely list. Thank you for sharing your comforts — I gotta say that I have been tempted to eat all the foods you listed at once, LOL!

  33. malvidia says:

    washing and straightening my hair makes me feel a lot better. tidying up too, often. shopping, using a different perfume, anything that stimulates my senses usually makes me feel good. today was a rough day (and still too hot to even think about hair straightening!) so i had a nice fresh shower, i went to wash my car with a friend who listened to my rants, and i did some tidying. i also talked about stupid things with my BF and he made me laugh a lot.
    feeling loved and cared fot can’t be beaten! πŸ˜€

    • Karen says:

      Hi Malvidia,

      Yes, that is so true. I’m glad that you have friends and a BF there for you on rough days. They’re like instant medicine, right?

      Hope your evening is going well so far. Are you doing anything fun?

  34. Tiffany says:

    Hi Karen! I read all 4 twilight books this summer, but I think you already read them. I just got the host from the library today; have you read it? I hope it’s good!

  35. Diana Kim says:

    You should try Haagen-Dazs Sticky Toffee Pudding ice cream. OH MY GOODNESS…I can eat a whole tub in one sitting. I think that makes me feel better in any situation. Glad to hear you’re out of your funK! :0)

  36. Joanne says:

    Haagen_Dazs pints are a one sitting treat. I also like
    M&M’s(plain and peanut). Good comfort food.

  37. Karen B says:

    Yeah, I guess. It’s a realy travel-year for me.
    I’m going to visit two of my best friends from summer school in London. And take some me-time, I need it badly!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Karen B.,

      I’m jealous — I wish being able to have even just the possibility of travel. Now with work it just seems harder and harder.

      How’s your Wednesday been?

  38. Wendy says:

    Hey Karen do you know you can make homemade dulce de leche? really easy just dump a can of condensed milk (no wrapping)in to a double boiler (my mom use to do it when she was making beans).

    • Karen says:

      Hi Wendy,

      Seriously? Oh no… now that I know the secret I’m screwed, LOL! I’ll be wanting to eat it every day! πŸ™‚

      How’s was your day? Anything exciting happen?

  39. Marisol says:

    What cheers me up:

    putting on my headphones and blasting my fave tunes. I dance around my apt like a crazy person and don’t care. Shake shake shake…shake your bootay!

    SATC always cheers me up

    Calling my cousin in Mexico. She and I are pretty close and she makes me laugh.

    Sometimes taking a nap cheers me up. After I wake up, I feel refreshed.

    Hope you are feeling better.
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… Another survey… =-.

  40. Marisol says:

    My Wednesday was great. Two more days til a 3 day weekend. Not looking forward to tomorrow as I have a dentist appointment (you know how much I looooove those)!

    When Boom Boom Pow first came out, I was blasting it and remembering my ravin’ days. hahaha
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… Obsessed much? =-.

  41. penelope says:

    laughing makes my blue days better and people being around me too

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