1. All of these, plus taking a bath!

  2. Maria Castro-Castillo says...

    Loved it! For me, burning incense or a scented candle also works wonders!

  3. Frances says...

    This is perfection!

    I second the comment about turning these works of arts into prints. I need this one!

    And listening to the Sound of Music song ‘Raindrops on roses’ always reminds me to take pleasure in the little things.

  4. I love this illustration. I agree with the commenter Lily, a long walk does cure all! If not a nice 10 min guided meditation video on YouTube sets me on the right path for a little while.

    Abigail Alice x

    • Hanna says...

      Any recommendations for the youtube meditation? Was looking for a short one the other day and wasn’t finding anything good… thanks!

  5. Alice says...

    Love this, so true.
    I’d add dancing to a favourite song playing at full volume :)

  6. Tricia M says...

    Wise words indeed, love them! Maybe add listening to your favourite song and /or dancing (Alanis Morisette style “in your living room”).Merry Xmas and Happy New Year Joanna; your team and readers
    Tricia from” across the pond”.Your blog is now my favourite one.

  7. riye says...

    A good laugh with a loved one. It makes me realize how angry I was at something when I feel my jaw unclench and my forehead smooth out. Plus if you’re laughing really hard it counts as a sit up in my book. :-)

  8. Cindy says...

    Love this!!

  9. For me a solo drive always helps. I love to drive and need alone time to recharge. Some of my favorite music and feeling the freedom of the road always helps me reset my brain.

    When I lived in Seattle I would drive over Lake Washington and into the mountains when I really needed some space. It was the perfect blend of city, water, and mountains all at once.

  10. Lilia says...

    Love these. Also: Performing a random act of kindness. A long soak in a bathtub (candles optional!). Making a batch of cookies. Meditating.

  11. Sara says...

    Love this! But I think the “time spend with a child or animal” should specify not your own (but maybe I’m just saying this because my dog has a terrible intestinal sickness right now and I find that time with my kids often makes me more anxious).

  12. Denise says...

    I would add a kitten belly after a long hard day. There’s only joy in the kitten belly, everything else disappears.

    • Taylor says...

      Oh man, kitten bellies. Yes.

  13. andrea says...

    Love these and this is her best one yet!

  14. Thank you for this! I needed it today. I just got back from walking my dog and now she’s curled up on my lap.

  15. L says...

    Oh how I wish Mari sold prints. I would definitely hang this one on my wall at home.

  16. I SO agree with this list. I would also add sitting by a fire. Our caveman brains love it.

    • Laura C. says...

      So true! I adore the crackle of fire!

  17. Hell yes to making something and bubble bath!! Love the blog post :)

  18. Jo says...

    This rings so true, and reminds me of the quote, “The cure for anything is salt water- tears, sweat or the sea.”

  19. Lisa says...

    Oh yes, a long walk. And a hot bubble bath with a cup of ginger tea.

  20. Rachel Elizabeth says...

    I live in Maryland near the Chesapeake Bay and I never realized the significance of proximity to water until I went away to a ballet summer intensive in Kansas City, Missouri while I was in high school. I dealt with being away from home for over a month pretty well (although, I did call my mom every night). But, I had a terrible time with being so land-locked. And, I don’t even like swimming!

    • steph says...

      YES! I grew up in Charleston, SC and went to college on the Chesapeake Bay (St. Mary’s). I moved briefly to NM and never realized how much I relied on water to cleanse my soul. We’re in KY now and even being near a river is great. Proximity to water is a necessity for me!

  21. Jamie says...

    The list is perfect. I would add a quiet moment with a hot cup of tea. :)

  22. Lily says...

    A long walk is exactly right. Cures all ills. And holding a sleeping baby.