Thursday, May 22, 2014

Seven FREE ways to fight stress

Lately I’ve been feeling a bit of stress.  It can have lots of causes: worrying about loved ones and health issues can take a toll. But mostly it’s time pressures, deadlines and technology misfires that set me off like a Roman candle. In fact, you may have seen me shooting through the air over your house.

So, I’m thinking about how to handle that.  Trying to keep in mind what brings me back to earth and calm again.  

I have some surefire fixes if I can remember to draw on them in time. 

The first one is to take a walk. I’m not keen on exercising but even a short stroll sure calms me down and works wonders. An amble through the neighborhood or the dog park is a great remedy.  In the heat of the moment, I can tell myself I don’t have time and that’s, in fact, why I’m stressed. But years of experience have taught me that any time I invest in exercise comes back with a bonus. and you never know who you'll meet.

Tommy and Tuppence live in the neighborhood.

A cup of tea and a chat with a friend can make all the difference.  It’s so much better to pick up the phone or knock on my friend’s door than to have that meltdown.  

This spring, I’ve taken great joy in everything that’s popped out of the garden, even if the lawn is still a disaster and the weeds are putting up a good fight.  I got this little clump of iris for fifty cents at the end of the seaon last year, and they've just repaid me big time!

A great investment

Knitting Maybe it’s the soothing repetitive patterns, but crafts like knitting are great relaxers and
you get something lovely at the end (unless of course, the arms are two different lengths, but that would be the subject of another post).

 Stealing a half hour to curl up a good book. Reading, like exercise, takes me away from my stress place. At least in real life I’m not tripping over bodies!

Twenty minutes is an ideal time to refocus and recharge with a nap. This is easier if the roof is not being reshingled, but that’s not all the time.

A cuddle with the princess dachshunds.  Pets are better than medicine IMHO.  There’s lots of evidence that stroking an animal’s fur can actually lower blood pressure.  

All these things are easy and available to me. Except for buying yarn, they’re free. Of course, I’ve got enough yarn for a lifetime. Ahem.

But I’m always looking for tips for de-stressing. 

How about it?  What do you do to deal with stress? Different strokes for different folks, as they say. I’ll check in after my walk and find out your tricks.

Happy de-stressing everyone!


Lynda said...

Currently I use "kitty therapy" to de-stress. I have two adult cats, who give me love and affection, and have helped me through tough times. But I also foster for the County animal shelter and a feline rescue group. Right now I have a momma cat and her two babies. When things get stressful, I go into the "kitty nursery" (a spare room I've set aside for fosters) and spend time with the kitties. I laugh out loud at the kittens playing and then, when they get tired, they climb into my lap and snuggle in. The outside world just slips away - it is so therapeutic. By fostering, I save their lives, but they give me so much back that it really makes us even.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

These are all great ideas! And I really love the idea of "pet therapy." Spending time with animals is wonderful...

Dru said...

I watch a movie that I know will let me forget about my worries. Anything that will pull me into their magical world.

debi o'neille said...

Excellent ideas. you've convinced me to take my dog for a walk today at the first sign of tension, which will become break time. :-) Jada will love you for this.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Lovely, Lynda. You're doing good and you're getting this wonderful reward. The kitties are winning all round.


Mary Jane Maffini said...

I'm thinking you have some built-in therapists at your place, Mary! All those lovely calicos.


Mary Jane Maffini said...

What a terrific idea, Dru! Movies rock and they do help us get away. I'll put that on my list too.


Mary Jane Maffini said...

Hope it works for both of you! Give Jada a pat from me too. And a hug for you, Debi.


SueAnn said...

No matter what the stressor is, I take myself away from it..mentally, emotionally..the stress is is not going away anytime soon, so I have to remove myself, to calm down, and think. A walk is a great idea...we have 2 there is a lot to walk about...and a prowl...sometimes I just sit on the edge of the woods and watch all the birds flying in and out...then there is a book! Or a movie...and some knitting....I play the piano a release the time I have don all or most of these...I am doing better I can handle the reason for the stress much better....and if I am lucky..make it disappear! For sure the pooch! She gets a LOT of hugs and play time...making her happy...eases my mind...

Rachelle21 said...

Reading or petting my cats are my favorite ways at the moment. I hope I will be able to walk more after a knee transplant scheduled in July.