Sometimes, when you are feeling in a bit of a fug, the best thing to do is get under a blanket and watch something restorative. I talk about this quite a bit in my book. Aside from the whole ‘get out there and get moving’ thing I’ve got going on, I’m a very serious devotee of the blanket/hot tea/telly triangle of comfort.
You don’t always have to fight slump with movement. Sometimes slump really wants to be surrendered to and soaked up. Sometimes giving yourself that down time is the very best thing you can do.
We’re building a (blanket fort inspired) bridge outta Slumpland (and also proving that it doesn’t ALWAYS take a great production/cheery show to lift the spirits! Sometimes BAD/SAD is just what the doctor ordered.)
Of course. I know. You knew I would say Gilmore Girls. I did. Phew. The fast paced writing, the bad fashion, the unfathomable romantic tension, the impossible amount of junk food consumed. How can you feel slumpy when you are watching Rory and Lorelei snack their way out of one ruckus or another? You can’t. That’s why it’s my number one.
I was talking to my friend Ella about how much we love this movie the other day. Not only is Madonna completely beguiling, Rosanna Arquette is adorable, there’s ace fashion and locations and the music is incredible. I REALLY want to make a quilt with the design from the back of ‘that’ jacket on it. How great would that be? Feeling slumpy? Watch this!
I know, I know. It’s sad. I get that. Sometimes a HUGE bawl is just what you need to de-slump yourself. Pair the crying with a lot of sass from Shirley Maclaine, Olympia Dukakis and Dolly Parton and you’ll be good to go. (Or at the very least, move tearily onto watching StepMom next.)
Anne is the smarter, messier haired Pollyanna and you can NOT watch this series without feeling at least a teensy bit better. It’s a reminder that great writing and a cheery outlook really can make a difference (and they’re much cheaper than retail therapy or therapy in general.)
Argh. You know I love this film. There’s nothing like reflecting on how gosh darned difficult being a teenager is to give you some much needed perspective. Also there’s the music. And the clothes. And the lip-gloss trickery. An afternoon on the couch with this movie and your favourite salty snack are considered Class A in the Deslump game.
This whimsical film never ceases to transport me to another time and place. Perhaps its fairy tale qualities will divert your slump somewhere more baguette and treasure filled, too?
Because everyone and everything you have ever loved is probably in this film. Really, if you can watch this Anderson classic and still feel slumpy you need two doses of Ghostbusters, one dose of Stripes and a very BIG glass of something fizzy.
Have you seen this film? It’s such a favourite of mine. I grew up with it and I love it SO MUCH. Granted the subject matter is not cheery, but the interiors, the script and the cast will draw you in and away from whatever ails you (at least for a little while.) And if you don’t think Lucy (Quinn Cummings) looks like a baby Lucy from The Design Files, well you need to go to Specsavers for sure.
This film is bad. Like it’s so bad. It’s the baddest film I’ve ever seen and yet… MICHAEL BECK’s hair. Gene Kelly’s moves. Olivia Newton-John’s acting. The terrible script. It’s so bad. I highly recommend this as a deslumper because you can’t NOT laugh and groan your way through it. Funny how the films you thought were beautiful as a child look a little less special when you are a grown-up, right? (Also the cover art looks like the side of a 1982 panel van and… HELLO! SINGALONG TIME!)
Man. The only place you’ll see more Mom jeans is in deep-Brunswick, in Melbourne. 90210 broaches the serious issues of the day and embellishes it with the fashion of the day to produce the perfect pick-me-up. Donna. David. And-Raya*. Steve. Brandon. Brenda. DYLAN!!! Mr and Mrs Walsh. Also notable are the cars, the living rooms, The Peach Pit, the pool parties and the intense discussions beside school lockers.
Because there’s nothing quite like a gothic classic on some windy moors to blow the cobwebs out of you – especially when there are emotionally crippled gents, large hounds and fireside chats involved. Plus you will thank your lucky starts that you are not a) in the bonkers-inducing red room or b) sequestered away in a distant, drafty tower. Also – Ruth Wilson is in it and she’s the best.
Transport yourself to Corfu
And that’s just for starters. This is just the beginning. Please don’t start typing an outraged or chiding – I can’t believe you ‘forgot’ *insert film or series here* – because I didn’t forget anything. I just made a list of ten to get us started! I KNOW there are heaps more excellent contenders.
Why don’t you tell me what you’d include on this list in the comments or on the socials?!
Thanks so much for reading! Wishing you many deslumpy days!
* I know. It’s Andrea.