Antidotes for Seriousity

antidotes to seriousnessSometimes it’s easy to get panties in a twist about what’s happening in life, warranted or not …

We make it a big deal to eat healthy; we make it important to be productive; we get weighed down by newest challenges.

I personally have a Scorpio moon that inclines me toward intensity and a bit of drama.

Since a more carefree, lighthearted approach serves me much better, I’ve got strategies to remind me not to take it all so seriously.

Here are some of my “keep it light” practices as antidotes to seriousness:

  • Keep Cocoa Puffs in the pantry (just seeing the box makes me smile)
  • Watch favorite Big Bang Theory on DVR (season 2 episode 23 for me)
  • Wear jingle ring (it’s impossible to wear this ring and be serious about anything)
  • Practice the Jamaican accent (yu alright mon)
  • Use sparkly gel pens (black pens go unused at my place)
  • Wear neon colored undies (keeping them in the drawer is one thing, wearing them is even better)
  • Include a Bee Gees song on every playlist (Bee Gees music is magic)
  • Hang out with a dog (or three)
  • If you’re going to follow the news, let it beΒ Jon Stewart
  • Walk in a summer rain (it’ll take mental years off of you!)
  • Follow George Takei on facebook (orΒ GodΒ or anyone else who makes you smile)
  • Beef up your cloud spotting skills
  • Hang smile-inducing art (my office board sports a polar bear cub playing in snow, a dog rolling on the grass, an otter playing in water, a dog with his head out the car window)

Lest we make this business of creating our reality too heavy, Abraham reminds us regularly to lighten upΒ and Bashar advises we let our “highest excitement” orient our daily choices.

What are your favorite ways to keep the seriousness of life in check and the fun vibes flowing?

  • September 4, 2013
  • Julie B says:

    I do have a “lucky” pair of underwear! LOL!
    I do listen to Jon Stewart as my only means of staying current with the news
    I listen to music that lifts me up. A favorite “Possibilities” – over and over “deep in my mind I believe everything is possible”.. great song.
    Just can’t beat animal love. I have a fish, Fortuno, that is my buddy and resides on my desk. Cats and dogs are of the neighborhood kind.
    Thanks Jeannette!

  • Wonderful and positive article! Thank you for the encouraging words and bright smile! Namaste.

  • Quilly, you are so right!! That song defies seriousness!! lol Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • Quilly says:

    Was just reminding myself to “not let it bother you” so this is perfect!
    On my list is this song … it’s in Portuguese so I can’t understand a word, but I defy you to listen without having your happy factor amp way up.
    And this Big Bang Theory flash mob — look of surprise on Chuck Lorre’s face is priceless.
    Also, as an antidote to my tendency to rigidly obey rules, I like to watch something totally un-PC on dvr … like True Blood … v-v

  • I like your style, Susanne. (And how cool that you’re that close to a forest walk!)
    Nicola, what a brilliant playlist!!! I am totally making one!!

  • Nicola says:

    I loved this blog. Thank you so very much. By the way your jingle ring is adorable! I particularly LOVE the neon undies and will be putting THAT into practice.
    I keep a happy journal where I write down my very best memories so I can tap into those good feelings. I write positive affirmations down in there and use FasterEFT tapping to tap them in and remove the negative emotions.
    I get pedicures in very bright (right now purple sparkles) colors so when I look at my feet I smile.
    I have a playlist on my iPhone that is called SING and every single song is one which I cannot help but sing along to. By the time I arrive at any destination I am in a stellar mood and smiling no matter what my mood was in when I sat down it the car.
    I dance, I take dance lessons, and I go out dancing to practice. Two-Step, West Coast Swing, Line Dancing, East Coast Swing, Hustle, Salsa, you name it. You can’t help but feel great dancing.
    Those are my tried and true methods.

  • Susanne says:

    In no special order:
    1. Led Zeppelin. Loud.
    2. Meatloaf. Loud.
    3. Big Bang Theory. Yeah!
    4. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
    5. The Full Monty &/or A Knight’s Tale
    6. play with my cats
    7. tickle a cat’s belly and listen to him purr
    8. go to the beach (10 min. away)& walk & walk
    9. go into the forest (2 min. away) & walk & walk
    10. watch Winged Migration/listen to the soundtrack
    11. email a best friend & tell him I need a mood change . . .
    12. . . . and afterward, eat ice cream and raspberries
    13. or just have ice cream & raspberries
    14. go to the SPCA & walk a dog
    15. watch an episode of Star Trek: The Original

  • Luzia, thanks for the nomination – very sweet of you!
    Michelle, now I’m totally curious about moon cakes and bubble tea. Sounds fun!

  • So excited that I do almost all the items on your list, including the cocoa puffs and dvr’d episodes of the Big Bang. I don’t have a jingle ring but they sound fun. We’ve been playing lots of board games and card games as a family which has been fun. One of our other favorites is going to the Asian supermarket or Mexican grocery ad buying anything the looks cool and trying it. I’ve become quite addicted to Pocky and we are going to make bubble tea and eat moon cakes (these are totally different from moon pies which are also yummy) this weekend! πŸ™‚

  • Luzia Light says:

    Love this post! Exactly what I needed to hear today. (-:

  • Good one, Evan! “Dancing badly” – that’s perfect!
    And Janette, you’re reminding me of those fun kids’ straws to drink out of, too. Definitely can’t get too serious when you’re drinking from one of those!

  • Luzia Light says:

    Hi Jeannette! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please get the badge at
    and get more info. Have a great day. (-:

  • Janette says:

    I so needed this today LOL!!! With a presentation to prep for this afternoon, and a national election tomorrow, I was in danger of getting seriously overwhelmed by seriousity!!!!
    So now…. set the prep work to print, and go make a bowl of my equivalent of Coco Pops – microwave wiggly noodles. Woohoo!!
    Follow up with a half hour reading a novel, and I’ll be good to go. Lightness restored. Ahhhh……
    Bliss!!! πŸ˜€

  • Dance badly!
    (which comes naturally to me)

  • B says:

    Music gets me going James brown I feel good or a not so classy 80s song called push up always makes me feel better. Of course funny cat videos instantly improve my day…who can be serious watching OMG cat lol

  • MissyB says:

    Drink tea πŸ™‚

  • I’m with you, Lizette and Jennifer – 80s disco music is a perfect antidote to seriousness!
    Love the comedy suggestion, too. πŸ™‚

  • jennifer tilley says:

    * playlist of all my fave tunes (add to the Bee Gees, ‘I will not go quietly’ by Don Henley – it’s loud ‘n’ proud!! lol, ‘she’s so high’ by Tal Bachman… and yeah ‘Disco Inferno’ lol – the music does it for me, in this case).
    *Inspirational/motivational speakers or music going on in the background while I’m performing some of the tasks that I would prefer, pass quickly.
    *sun-tanning (weather permitting). Even in the city, you can just about convince yourself that the far off sounds of traffic and wind combined, sound like ocean waves.
    *Chanting my mantras while on my mini-stepper.
    *Thumb and toe rings – feel ancient/timeless and exotic (thinking Egypt/Greece)
    *and, comedycomedycomedy!!! (yes, I meant to string that word back to back upon itself) πŸ™‚
    *and finally…. singing along with all of the above

  • Lizette says:

    1. CONSTANT music playing – love 80s disco.
    2. Go stand on the balcony and look at the beautiful palm trees, listen to the birds.
    3. Yoga.
    4. 10 minute power naps.
    5. Coffee with hot chocolate.
    6. Neon pink anything (nails, lipstick).
    7. Naughty IMs to and from hubby.

  • I can relate to the kitty love, Nancy!
    And Robert, that WAS funny! Way to not take work too seriously. lol

  • Robert says:

    Big Bang off script. I love this.

  • I read through your list, Jeannette, and realized that my go-to “JOY” list has the lighten up built right into it. Top on the list: Pet a kitty! That one does it for me every time. Love it when it’s my own kitty, but even a new kitty I meet on a neighborhood walk does the trick.
    In fact, communicating with animals is a vibe-lifting joy. I love how no animal thinks I’m a stranger. Even the dogs want to cross the street to meet me, although their owners don’t quite get it. Crows like to fly beside me while I walk, flying from tree to tree, and spiders listen to me when I tell them to come down the wall so I can take them to the garden. πŸ˜‰
    Many blessings,

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