Feeling low....I would love to hear your cheering-up ideas

Barbara Deane's picture

Ladies this does not include shopping therapy in Paris with funds available of 5 thousand euros.

But it can include a session of reflexology or head and shoulder masaage....OR both.

Gets us away from friction about diction and such.


Andrew Hearne's picture

Get out for a blast on the bike, clears the head, lungs and fills the body with all those aftersport natural drugs! plus it's the only time I feel completely free from work, kids etc!

Barbara Deane's picture

Sounds positive.

With or without snow?

Andrew Hearne's picture

without snow as long as we stay in the valleys - it didn't get this far east but we were down to -12 again this morning and I don't know if I can face another training ride in -4 again on Saturday so perhaps I should add that 90% of the time that's my way of cheering myself up but there is an element I can't control - the weather !

Brian Milne's picture

Ignore the bike, too much like hard work. Get some decent walking boots and good hiking socks, matching fleeces and so on and go walking. Take a nice long staff or stick and occasionally whack seven bells out of everything that gets you down by thrashing the staff about in the air, express yourself verbally, which includes hard core swearing and obscenities of your own choice if you are alone. Do not forget to take in the beauty of your surroundings to rebalance. After a good walk and whatever you drink (hot choccy for me, made from real dark chocolate but with cream added, to hell with the cholesterol, calories, etc), sit back in a very comfortable chair and smile.

Brian Milne's picture

Oh yes, similar to Valerie of course for the greater part, but I forgot that after the drink, chair and smile a very bubbly bath (cannot wait to get to putting a tub in this house, my kids have already petitioned me for one), although I recco port rather than wine because it seems to go better with a bath (don't ask why) but do not forget the relaxing music...

Andrew Hearne's picture

I'm ignoring the bike since last saturday's ride; no matter what specialist winter cycling gear I put on it's just impossibly cold, (a mate even had battery warmed gloves and heated inserts in his shoes - I was extremely jealous!) I'll be doing a little work on the turbo trainer in the garage later (perhaps) and will see if next saturday is any warmer (doesn't look like it at the moment) but failing that the idea of a good walk is hard to beat. But it has to be a shower afterwards and I'll replace the port with a good banyuls ;-)

Andrew Hearne's picture

sounds good, you've got a few more hp than me on my racing bike though!

Valerie Skinner's picture

Cheap and cheerful - a good old hike through the snow, nicely bundled up against any cold wind of course, to get the heart racing while admiring the beautiful landscape then luxuriate in a steaming, foam filled bath with a glass of wine - you'll have earned it after all that speed walking.

Barbara Deane's picture

make sure that you have watertight wellies on and not the diamond studed stlletoes

which you wear for weddings.

Valerie Skinner's picture


Caroline Aronson-van Berkel's picture

remember this,,whenlife hands you a bowl of lemons,,,, get some tequila, ill bring the salt well party!!!!!

Joe Bergin's picture

Reflexology and head massage guaranteed to release those "happy" endorphins and put a smile on your face. I am free this afternoon but sorry I am just a bit far away :(

Liz Clark's picture

After the bike ride or snowball fight, a proper hot chocolate, made with dark french chocolate whisked up till frothy and enjoyed in front of a fire, perhaps with some home made crumpets, thanks to the BBC food recipe search, found these a while back and they are delicious.


Ingredients Preparation method
  1. Place the flour and salt into a large bowl and stir in the sugar and yeast making a well in the centre. Pour in the warm milk and water and mix to give quite a thick batter. Beat well until completely combined and cover with a tea towel or cling film.

  2. Leave in a warm place to rise for about an hour until it's a light, spongy texture.

  3. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a very low heat with a drop of oil. Wipe the pan with kitchen paper to remove excess oil. Sit the greased crumpet rings in the pan and leave to heat up for a couple of minutes.

  4. Pour in enough mixture to fill the rings just over halfway up the sides. Leave to cook until plenty of small holes appear on the surface and the batter has just dried out. This will take about 8-10 minutes.

  5. Remove the rings and turn over the crumpets to cook for a further minute or two on the other side. Sit the first batch of crumpets on a wire rack while continuing to cook the remaining mixture.

Brian Milne's picture

Cor, crumpet recipe, my children will make me a saint... printer...

Colin Elliott's picture

My recipe for the winter blues:

We've been out playing with the Poodle all morning in the snow. Standard Poodles should be available on the National Health in my opinion.

In the mean time Chantal is making bread while I am illigally distilling cheap wine into great brandy.They can't touch you for it ! [Yes the can - Ed]

It's a good life!

Valerie Skinner's picture

So funny!

Carol Moss's picture

Colin....how are you doing that?? Is there a recipe , or will you have to kill me?

Teena Morcombe's picture

Get that James Brown, Earth Wind and Fire and any other SOUL music on and BOOGIE on DOWN!!! works for me!

Christine Phillips's picture

I prefer the Paris option ..sorry :)

Gillian Kirk's picture

Sitting snugly beside a woodburner looking at exotic holiday destinations on the computer while being paid for having fun browsing the internet - win win situation - maybe gluwein will replace a mug of tea though. 

Gaye Stevick's picture

Do you play a musical instrument?  Practicing my meager skills frequently takes me out of every other thought.  Scott Joplin??  Something fun and light - not "Moonlight Sonata".  ;-)

Kathrin Barker's picture

Tried the Glühwein method the other night and it certainly did the trick!

Jane Fotheringham's picture

When feeling low I listen to Thrash metal or watch a horror film always works, puts things back into perspective all that yelling & screaming.

Rosemary Venning's picture

Go outside and 'do' something with the neddies!  I take all my fustrations out on mucking out, and cleaning tack/tack room.  After which I am calm and enjoy grooming the horses and when the weather is nice, I can ride.  By this time, again, I realise how lucky I am!! Corny I know...........

Yvette Burfin's picture

I'm with you Jane:) and i yell along too and pretend I'm still 21!

Valerie Skinner's picture

Oh gosh, don't - reminds me of the nights I used to go to a London club for new rock bands and headbang around with a Newkie Brown in my hand.

My kid just laughs now if I put MTV on and starting dancing round the kitchen... little does he know.

Kathrin Barker's picture

Hoovering the house to some punk-rock does the trick as well - but only if there's nobody else in the house!

Robin Hicks's picture

As the father of a friend once said "in this weather I stay at home to keep the fire warm"

Not much else to do!

Yvette Burfin's picture

What I would give to have just 30 minutes to myself with a cold beer and something very loud (that I like) blasting out of the stereo - that would cheer me right up! In fact doing almost anything selfish for about half an hour would cheer me up!  If you can get to a cinema showing 'les intouchables ' that really made me feel good...

josette martin's picture

A brisk walk in the sun (we have it here) then FLE Conversation with the expats of our area or weekly English conversation with the locals who want to practice. Guaranteed to cheer everybody up!