All of that is a long way of saying that I often need a mood boost! Anything that makes me laugh or smile or lifts my spirits can help. This is especially true in these challenging times we are all living in; the constant barrage of news, politics, and conflict can really affect my mental and physical health. Sometimes, I need a break from it all.
So, here, I thought I'd just collect a few of the sources I turn to to lift my spirits. Please share your mood-lifters in the comments or on social media. I'm on Twitter and have a Facebook page for this blog, and I often post uplifting things in both places, so there's your first tip!
Chronic Illness Boosters
There are large, supportive communities for chronic illness on social media. I have a separate Twitter account and Facebook page for this blog, and that has worked out well. Those chronic illness communities are like my "safe spaces"--the places where I can go on social media to (mostly) avoid politics and conflict and instead find kindness and support. So, you can start by "liking" my Facebook page and connecting with me on Twitter, and from there, you will find others who are like-minded. A few particularly positive and uplifting people/accounts to connect with:
ME/CFS Self-Help Guru
Julie and I worked together for years for the ProHealth website (she edited their Inspiration Corner page, which I frequently wrote for), and she has very active social media accounts, all focused on optimism, support, positivity, and lifting the spirits. You can follow her on Twitter or like her Facebook page or visit her blog and in all of those places, you can always find joy, comfort, and kindness. She offers free courses and videos, as well as daily posts, all focused on self-care and inspiration. This post of hers was particularly helpful to me this week, and I shared it to my own Facebook page:
Not Just Tired
This is another of my favorite chronic illness people to follow online. She is well-known for her #MyDailyThankYou and #JoyinSummer (or whatever season we happen to be in) posts, and lots of people join in! This creates a whole supportive environment of positivity and kindness that I always find soothing and fun. You can follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page, or visit her blog (her latest post is actually about those two hashtags above and the positive impact they have had on her life). Then, join in the fun! Post your own gratitudes and joy with the hashtags, and you will find an entire community filled with uplifting posts.
|One of my own recent #JoyinSummer posts|
To Make You Laugh or Smile
Sometimes you don't need chronic-illness support, you just need something to lift your spirits and take your mind of all the bad stuff going on (or your own symptoms). A few things have caught my eye recently:
The Far Side is Back!
Gary Larson fans rejoice! The renowned cartoonist, famous for his many years of irreverent and hilarious The Far Side comics, is back from retirement! I guess he figured with all that's going on in the world, we needed a good laugh more than ever. He says he is now experimenting with digital cartooning. He kicked off his renewed career with a cartoon called The Taxidermist, which you can see at the link. From the home page of his website, you can laugh your way through plenty of classic Far Side cartoons or check out the section called New Stuff. A great place to visit for your daily laugh or to immerse yourself in silliness for a bit.
Seniors Pose as Classic Album Covers
I just saw this one this morning on the Today show, and it is so cool! A group of seniors in a retirement home in the UK posed as classic rock (and a few contemporary) album covers. They are all just awesome and guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Here's a sample below, from a David Bowie album, but you can check out all of these amazing seniors here. This is an especially good lift if you've been feeling old lately!
Hoda's Morning Boost on the Today Show
Each morning, at about 8:05 am (Eastern time), the Today show does a happiness boost after their 5-min overview of the day's news (which is just about all the news I can take these days). I look forward to these daily lifts, which can vary from a reunion that brings happy tears to your eyes to something sweet that makes you smile to something that will leave you laughing out loud and sharing with everyone you know. You don't even have to watch the 5-minute news recap first--you can find a whole page of Boosts on the Today website. As an example, this was one of the boosts that made me laugh like crazy and run downstairs to show my husband (turn up the volume):
Comfort TV and Movies
Sometimes, you just need to totally withdraw from the world, wrap yourself in a blanket, and comfort yourself with some good escapist TV and movies. This means different things to different people. For some, it's trashy reality TV (both of my sons are currently obsessed with Trailer Park Boys). For others, it's rom-coms or favorite old movies. And for others, it might be silly sitcoms. Me? I get my comfort TV from shows about high school students. I don't know why, but I love watching shows about young people, preferably those with a sense of humor mixed in with the drama. Maybe it's because teens' problems are so very different from my own.
Zoe's Extraordinary Playlist (on NBC website, Peacock, Hulu, and Amazon). It's a silly premise--a young woman can hear other people sing their feelings--but I loved watching it this spring because it's fun, colorful, funny, and filled with music and dancing (my review at the link above).
I was late to the game with Freaks and Geeks, but once I discovered it, I loved it. Unfortunately, it is no longer on Netflix (where I watched it) and is currently unavailable anywhere, due to some music copyright issues, but hopefully they will sort that out soon. For now, it is only available on DVD.
The Bold Type, about 3 best friends in their 20's who work for a fashion magazine in NYC.
What's your go-to for comfort viewing?
And what are your favorite mood lifters?