by Lucy Clark
Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could each find one simple, cost-less, calorie free way to immediately de-stress ourselves? Do you ever find there are some days when you’re running around, doing twenty million jobs at once and you feel there is no end in sight? The day seems to be going from bad to worse, you can predict, almost the minute, what will happen and there isn’t a thing you can do to stop it?
My tactic – and the only one I’ve found works in a way which helps to keep me relatively sane – is to barrel head-long into the day and survive it as best I can, safe in the knowledge that hopefully tomorrow will be better.
We all have days like these and I was thinking, if we were able to share some of our own tactics for getting through such days, what works for someone might work for another. Your ideas may not be simple, may not be cost-less and may be filled with mounds of delicious and juicy calories but somedays, you’ve just go to go there.
On my writing desk, I have several ornaments – two of which are from the “Willow Tree” collection.
These two little “angels” were given to me by my sisters. The one holding the book signifies “The Love of Learning” and the other one with the lamp is “The Angel of Hope”. My sisters gave these figurines to me individually (they hadn’t planned it that way) and at different times in my life – not for my birthday or Christmas but when I needed a reminder of their love the most. These figurines sit on my desk as I write and help me to remember that I do have a love of learning and to always have hope in my life. When I’m stressed – usually when I’m under a deadline – my gaze drifts to them and I am instantly relaxed, reminded that I am loved by my sisters.
I also have a miniature statue of Little Miss Forgetful – because I’m extremely forgetful. I have a miniature statue of “Guido” from the movie Cars because I thought he was cute and funny. I have two statues of “Mike” from Monsters Inc. because I am blind in one eye and Mike knows exactly how I feel. I have a set of Chinese Baoding Balls – which are hand exercises balls to keep the muscles in your wrists nice and strong (good for typists) and they also make a lovely chiming sound which is rather soothing. I also have a miniature “Snoopy” on my desk because I have loved him since I was a little girl. (how can you not love Snoopy?)
I have specifically placed these things on my desk because not only are they cute and fun to look at, especially amongst the paper and dictionaries and teacups but because they’re all very personal and sentimental to me. I’m reminded of the people who gave them to me, of what these silly little statues signify in my life and they do help me to stop, take a breath and de-stress – even if it’s only for a moment.
Yet for those days when you get a speeding ticket, followed by a parking ticket, get bawled out at work for doing something wrong and spill coffee on your favourite top – and it’s your birthday – well on those types of days… calories are a MUST!
So what are some of the ways you manage your day to day little stress – or your big stresses? The therapy session is open!