The gathering At the Well today is a discussion about stress..or specifically, dealing with stressful days. The contributing writer today is a mother of seven! – so, well, she has totally different stress than I do; but we all have those days!! And, no doubt, we all have our favorite stressbusters. I know exercise is supposed to be wonderful for de-stressing but, for me, that just doesn’t happen. Ugh.
Eating…now that’s another story! I have a whole list of favorite foods – from comfort casseroles to sweet desserts or even flavored teas or coffees – that I love to fix (and then eat) on a stress-filled day. Of course, I’m only more stressed the next morning when the reality of all those extra calories sets in – leading to thoughts of more exercise!
But, really it is the cooking and baking that I enjoy so much – and not so much the eating. Now I have a few tried and true favorite recipes that I can get busy with in the kitchen and, then, I share with neighbors or other friends – especially my senior friends. I try to keep the ingredients on hand so I am prepared and, with a few good cds playing, my time in the kitchen is great therapy.
As crazy as it sounds, one of the best stressbusters for me is cleaning and organizing. If my “world” is straightened, life is so much easier for me to handle..and, if it is organized, then life is just plain good. The more stressed I am, the deeper I clean – strubbing baseboards or reorganizing the entire laundry room. I don’t really understand the reason this works but I am often tired afterwards, so maybe that counts as exercise for me!!
One more thing that never fails to make me smile, lower my blood pressure, and just makes life good is spending some time with children. If I could only hug Miss Roo’s neck every day – spend just thirty minutes playing with her (and then send her home to Mommy once she got cranky!), I don’t think I’d ever be stressed again! But, she lives hundreds of miles from here. I do enjoy my class of preschoolers on Wednesday nights….and love, love being with David, Rachael and Miss Sarah! They just make my heart happy!!
It certainly will be interesting to link up to the well and see what is working for everyone else! Have a stress-less day!!