I am sending the love to my bloggy friend KissinBlueKaren for her new weekly meme Beyond the Books. Here is her description:
I will throw out a topic (mostly non-bookish), and you guys blog about it. Come back here and share the link to your blog post, and we all have fun learning about each other. I will be posting on the new topic every Thursday at midnight EST. My weekly post will kick it off. I will list upcoming topics so you can schedule your blog posts ahead, but please don’t post before Thursday 12am EST, (and don’t forget to come back and add your post to the linky so everyone who plays along can see it, too).
I hope you’ll think about joining us. This week’s topic is Stress Relievers. I’m very excited that this is my first post using animated gifs and a video clip!
Personally, I don’t feel a lot of stress, which surprises people, considering that I have cancer and was forced to retire so young that my income is now below the poverty line. But what are you going to do? Deal with it! Sometimes I get frustrated and angry when people, mostly my family, question me about my mobility and breathing problems, so that would be stress, I guess. That situation might make me tear up, but I’ve never actually bawled over any of this. I think crying is a great stress reliever, even though I look gross afterwards, and during, if I’m honest with myself! I get so worn out from a huge cry that I sleep for hours, and sleep can be another great stress reliever, or a way to avoid thinking about stressors.
For some people, drinking or smoking relieve stress, but those have never done it for me, and neither does eating. I’m more of a boredom eater. In college, I loved going out dancing, which is a great way to throw off the cares of the world, and when I first graduated and was working I went to the gym regularly. Any kind of working out helps with stress I think. Across the street from me is a large Chinese family and they are often outside doing tai chi early in the morning, which looks very calming and centering. If I could stand up for more than five minutes without support I’d go over and join them.
For more Stress Relieving ideas, visit KissinBlueKaren and the other Beyond the Books participants.