1. Draw a comic of all the good things that happened to you in a week-
This is first because it is fresh in my mind. It could have a lot to do with the fact that I work with 4 year olds, so lots of funny shit happens to me all the time. It's creatively stimulating, it's a time-suck, it's a lot of fun. I'll make one this week and post it.
2. Eat something awesome-
Okay so gorging yourself with ice cream when you're sad is both cliche and unhealthy but strawberry ice cream on a sad, dreary, stupid day seems to offer me a lot of relief sometimes. Also, cooking something awesome tasks idle hands and brains and can be another good creative aperture.
3. Listen to "It's A Shame About Ray" or "Destination Failure" really fucking loud-
Smoking Popes were for a long time, my favorite music to listen to when I was feeling down. It's the kind of sad music that makes you hopeful. Like Josh Caterer isn't a self-loathing or depressed guy. He's just had a few bad days. He knows everything is going to work out alright . Lately I've been turning to the Lemonheads. It's sugary and relatable and easy. It's sort of an effortless way to make your mind drift away from whatever is bogging you down.
4. Spend time with your/someone else's pet-
At this point in my life I feel like I go home to see my parent's cat Nico more than I go home to see anything/one else. Not that I don't love them all dearly. Once again, its sweet and easy. A cat isn't going to ask you why you look like you're on the verge of tears or make you feel like a disappointment or question you at all. They're just going to fall asleep on your lap and be adorable and make you feel good.
5. Take a nap-
Sometimes when you're sad or stressed out it's hard to do anything at all, including sleep. I feel like the "tomorrow is another day" mentality is a really constructively optimistic way of thinking. Sleep off the grudge or chip on your shoulder and maybe when you wake up you'll feel a lot better.