I’m done with COVID. I’m just done.
How many times have we said that over the last two years, yet now, it feels like these variants are coming closer and closer rather than diminishing into the hell from which they were born.
How’s that for an uplifting start to a blog? Not very good, is it? Did you feel your shoulders tensing up? Did you shout out: “yeah, go back to where you came from, COVID.” Or maybe you shed a tear from someone sickened (or worse) from this pandemic? I know both, by the way, which is why I can’t take this lightly.
Before COVID-19, I thought I had stressors in my life. Not even close, compared to this. Which made me think that this is a good time to talk about stress relief.
What do you do in order to relieve the stress and function on a day-to-day basis? Hubby and I don’t eat out, but we do get takeout. We don’t do movie theaters, but we do spend more time on movie apps like Netflix. And when we need a getaway, we’ve been renting homes in different places. Okay, so maybe not so different, since I call the ocean beach my happy place.
I’m not a therapist and I don’t profess to be. But after years of dealing with stress, I know a few of the things that have helped me, though I don’t do them enough.
- Yoga (If I didn’t put this first and foremost, Faye Avalon would be having a chat with me. 🙂 )
- Taking the time to prepare healthy foods. (Sometimes, just the process of cooking, of focusing on the kitchen and nothing else, can help with stress. Just make sure no one’s in the kitchen with you to disturb your zen moment.)
- Meditation. (I don’t do this enough.)
- Music. (Makes me smile just writing that word.)
- Imagery (like taking yourself for a mental walk through a park or along the beach.)
- Practice relaxing your muscles. (not at all easy for me to do.)
- Focus on your breathing.
- Hobbies (painting, scrap-booking, whatever makes you smile.)
- Exercise. Take a walk or pick up that page of physical therapy exercises you know you have laying around somewhere from long ago. Not that I have a list like that. 😉 )
- Garden (hubby’s preferred method for de-stressing.)
- Positive affirmations. (Today, good things will happen.)
- Be grateful. Take some time to think about what’s good in your life.
- Got a to-do list? Take another look at it. Pare it down to a level that doesn’t stress you out.
Hmmm. I know there’s more, but I can’t think of them. Do you have things that help you reduce your stress? I’d love to hear about them.
Here I am out walking. 🙂