I tend to be one of those people who’s either super chill and zen or stressed to the gills – so much so that I stress out everyone in a twenty-seven mile radius. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground. So, if you happen to be in a twenty-seven mile radius of me when I’m stressing, I apologize profusely.
I’d like to tell you that when I’m stressed, I go for a run. Or a walk. Or maybe a meandering stroll.
Often I eat. I eat the fuck out of my feelings. This is a terrible plan. And I know it. I try not to, but…some days that works out better than others.
When I’m not strapping on a bag of salt and vinegar potato chips like it’s a damn feedbag, I also do the following to relax:
Knitting – there’s something so soothing about the clicking of needles (I prefer the aluminum ones) and the slide of yarn through my fingers that relaxes me.
Sewing – it’s pretty mindless – unless I’m making something stupid and complicated or sewing with lamé fabric. (There is nothing relaxing about lamé.)
Playing with clay – this is probably my all time favorite relaxation tool. There is nothing better than sinking your hands into globs of cold, wet clay and watching it take shape under your hands. If I had access to a kiln and a wheel on a regular basis, I’d probably never be stressed.
Talking to my friends – they usually help settle my ass down. Or they panic with me. Or tough love me. I appreciate it all.
Cross stitching – I don’t do this as much anymore, but I need to pull it out again. I remember that being relaxing…
Guided imagery meditations – these are lovely when I take the time to do them. But I get caught up in that “I can’t waste time” freak out and convince myself I don’t have 30-45 minutes for one of these bad boys. But then I usually end up freaking out and wasting more time than I would have had I just done the damn meditation.
Binge watching netflix – Yeah…every once in a while, I relax by blowing off everything and binge watching an entire series. Plus side…I usually knit while I do it – so double the relaxation with some bonus productivity.
Reading – sometimes this works, but sometimes, I’m too stressed to focus and I don’t retain anything from sentence to sentence.
Sitting by a lake listening to the waves – this is the ultimate in relaxation for me. Nothing mellows me out quicker. If I can physically get to Lake Michigan or Lake Superior, I’ll watch the videos I’ve taken of the lake or listen to nature recordings.
Wandering through the woods – it’s almost as good as sitting by the lake. It’s peaceful, and if I can find a spot where I can’t hear traffic or people, it’s amazing.
Sitting in my swing – I hate my neighborhood, but sometimes I can tune it all out and just swing in my swing, maybe read a book, have a glass of wine, or take a nap. See? Isn’t it relaxing?
What do you do to relax? Got any good tips for me? Also, be sure to check out the other bloggers and see what tips they have. I know I’ll be looking for more suggestions.