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Activities That Relax Me

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Do any of you lead a low-stress existence? Not this woman, and if you do, I am actually fairly envious. emoticon

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?

**Cooking
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!

**Piano
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.

**Crafts
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! emoticon 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.


**Reading

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.

**Aromatherapy/Candlelight

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.


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LILYGAL 1/23/2013 6:45PM

    THese are wonderful and thanks for sharing!! I love reading and used it as an escape when I was young too!! I also love working crossword puzzles and sewing. I think sewing more than any other. Of course, baking is also a wonderful way for me to relax!!

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MSWEEZER 1/23/2013 5:55PM

    These are great Tammy,
I find sewing and recently reading helps me to relax. I wish housework did the job. LOL
Thanks for sharing and keep it going. YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

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NORASPAT 1/21/2013 4:38PM

    Cooking and sewing jump to mind but I must say I can chill out talking to Spark Friends.
I sometimes do solitaire on the computer and I also have progressive relaxation tapes that I discovered when I was told I had no capacity to actually relax.
Supposedly caused by PTSD. KI try to not be concerned over it and kit gets better. HUGS Pat in Maine.

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SCOOTERLADY1216 1/21/2013 1:17PM

    Loved this Tammy! We actually sound like we have a lot in common!

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GLASSART43 1/20/2013 10:55AM

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It's interesting to see your list, Tammy, because it makes me think about my own stress-reduction activities. I enjoy walking in addition to reading and crafts. I haven't made as much time for stained glass as I should, and it's my all time favorite!

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MSKRIS7 1/20/2013 9:11AM

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DAS92687 1/19/2013 7:43PM

    Love the poncho :)

Relaxing for me includes trips to the beach; running after DGS; computer games; reading; and hanging out with friends.

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CRAFTINWIFE 1/19/2013 7:16PM

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Depending on GGS's age a cape (think super hero) could be an awesome gift.

I like to read as well. If you like Beverly Lewis, you may like Karen Kingsbury as well.

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LALMEIDA 1/19/2013 5:38PM

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I like to cross- stitch. I have made lots of baby keepsakes for my relatives. I have a niece and 2 nephews and I made each of them a quilt/wall hang for their rooms. The youngest is 2 now. There have not been anymore pregnancies in my family so now I will have to find something else to do.

Lately, I have been making a scrapbook of all my pictures and stuff from my life. It is allowing me to clear out space and create space for new memories and also have a place to keep what is important to me. Cleaning relaxes me too!

Have a great weekend!

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FISHINGLADY66 1/19/2013 5:30PM

    "Believe it or not! I find Sparking very relaxing. When I am on the go all day I'm ready to sit down at the compute and relax with my Spark friends.
Enjoy your day Tammy.

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CELIAMINER 1/19/2013 4:51PM

    Good for you! For me, I find veggie prep relaxing and never rely on technology to do my slicing and dicing. Also, I love yoga, especially savasana.
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PALEAN 1/19/2013 4:10PM

    Relaxation is a skill and a gift. It does take work and allowance in. To let all the stress out, and welcome relaxation in...that is the mystery and the remedy! Great blog you wrote...thank you!

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LOUISEH54 1/19/2013 4:01PM

    I relax doing many of the same hobbies as you do....imagine that...lol

I love the crocheted poncho. If you wouldn't mind sharing the pattern I'd love to make one for Kami.

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WEARINGTHIN 1/19/2013 3:32PM

    Its not what you do or how much time you do it that counts. Its time itself, for you, in your element,being there, just for your self. You will really like retirement. Glenn

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EXPOGIRL50 1/19/2013 3:26PM

    It's taken me time to learn to relax, but I'm getting better at it. I do what I want, and THAT is relaxing, even if I'm cleaning around the house/yard. The accomplishment makes me feel peaceful.

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SUNFLOWERGIRL79 1/19/2013 3:09PM

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