Do any of you lead a low-stress existence? Not this woman, and if you do, I am actually fairly envious.
I have had to spend a lot of years before I realized that I need to make a conscious effort to do things that relax me; it may seem as if finding these activities must be done would be MORE stress, but the opposite is true. If I pencil them in on my To Do list, and if I DO make time for them, it will help to relax me.
What are these activities for ME?
Until I began Sparkpeople, I would have told you that I did NOT like to cook. However, I was very interested in being healthier, and began to try different recipes that I thought DH and I would both enjoy. There have been very few recipes here that we did not like. If I do not experiment with new ones for awhile, I begin to be dissatisfied with what we are eating. This morning I prepared Sparkpeople's Mushroom Beef in the crockpot, Beer Brats & Sauerkraut on the stovetop, and French Vanilla Coffee Creamer. I also made my Sugar Dog [a 7 month old yellow lab] some dog treats that I found on allrecipes a couple of years ago. She likes them!
I have taken piano lessons off and on in my life - during middle school, once I became an adult and before my children were born, and then again once my children were grown. I enjoy showtunes, popular pieces, classical, and especially classical arrangements of hymns.
I love to sew, and I love to crochet. I must limit my crocheting because of tendonitis, but I believe I may have just found a project that will not only use up some leftover Homespun yarn that I have, but be a very neat thing to do and give as gifts:
Isn't that precious? I have a baby cousin - I have written about her before - and I have a step GGD that I think will love one! In fact, I need some ideas for the other step GGS...I don't think a poncho is quite right for him!
I also have enough yarn to make a couple more.
I think I will be able to work on them for a short amount of time and then set it down until the next day, which will be just right with my tendonitis, but will also allow me to do something that I love.
I am also making Xmas fabric potholders for this next holiday season to use as part of a gift to many on my gift list.
I love to read; I always have. I think I started early and a lot of it was to escape a lot of anxiety in my home situation, but I won't get into that here. I like to read Guideposts and their different series - the Grace Chapel Inn series is very nice. I also like Thomas Kincade's books, but sadly I am about to come to the end of those series, since he has passed away. Beverly Lewis remains a favorite of mine.
I love my scented shower gels, and I enjoy using my Scentsy warmers in both my home and our motorhome when we are traveling. Cinnamon scented items are my absolute favorites for the home. They just help me to have a sense of peace.
I have shared some things that relax me. I would be interested in reading about things that relax you.